Sunday 24 June 2018

The Netherlands' Queen Máxima hits the slopes with husband and three daughters in Austria

(L-R) Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands and Princess Ariane of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands and Princess Ariane of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and Princess Alexia of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and Princess Alexia of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Princess Ariane of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. Princess Ariane, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the dutch royal / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands and Princess Ariane of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
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If there's one thing that brings royals together in winter, it's a ski holiday.

The Netherlands' Queen Máxima (46) and husband King Willem-Alexander (50) hit the slopes in Austria this week, joined by their three daughters Princess Catharina-Amalia (14), Princess Ariane (10) and Princess Alexia (12), joining in the time honoured tradition of a playful photocall in the snow.

(L-R) Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Princess Ariane of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Princess Ariane of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images

The Dutch royal family are holidaying in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, an upscale resort preferred by wealthy skiers looking for challenging terrain in relative isolation.

It is the destination of choice for the Dutch royals, who have been celebrating winter there since the end of the second world war, and it's a popular hotspot for other royals including Jordan's King Abdullah and Queen Rania and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

This month has been a busy time for international travel for Maxima and Willem-Alexander, with tours of Indonesia and China, where their 14-year-old daughter is reportedly planning to attend boarding school at an elite facility, a sister school to the same institution where her father studied abroad in Wales when he was a teenager.

He said his travels and time at school helped him accept the fact that he would ascend the throne, something he tries to instil in his eldest daughter. 

(L-R) Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and Princess Alexia of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and Princess Alexia of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images

"I hadn't yet accepted, internalised that I would take over from my mother," he said. "I wanted to get to know myself better. You must first get to know yourself through and through. That's what I am constantly emphasizing with Amalia. I keep saying, 'know your own limits'.

"Go everywhere. Make mistakes, as far as possible out of the eyes of the public. I did that, a lot. Festivals, parties everything and more - find your boundaries. It is a good thing to do, without doing it in the public domain."

(L-R) King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Princess Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands pose at a photocall during their ski holidays, in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, on February 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / APA / DIETMAR STIPLOVSEK / Austria OUTDIETMAR STIPLOVSEK/AFP/Getty Images

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