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