The Dutch royals take to the snow
It's a bit of a late entry into the royal ski-ing contest of 2017 but the Dutch Royal Family has headed to the slopes of Lech for their annual winter holiday. King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their daughters, Amalia, Alexia and Ariane, posed for photos at the start of their stay in Lech and there was plenty of fun to be had as this royal family said hello to the snow.
The King and Queen of the Netherlands have travelled to the Austrian resort with their daughters for the short trip after a busy few weeks in their agenda that saw them take on high profile visits around the Netherlands as enjoying a four day trip to Germany.
The royals posed happily for photographers with a selection of traditional stand and smile photos before they got down to the serious business of larking about.
The family seemed to be on great form as they began their holiday. Ski-ing is a long time favourite of all five royals in the photos but it's brought hard times as well - last year, second in line to the throne Princess Alexia broke her leg while ski-ing with her family, needing surgery. And five years ago this month, Willem-Alexander's younger brother, Prince Johan Friso, was buried in snow after an avalanche and suffered brain damage. He died in August 2013.
The past looked to be behind them all as they enjoyed this family photocall. This is the third snow bound set of snaps we've had of royals this winter with Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia surprising everyone when they started the regal ski-ing season with an unexpected trip to Aragon with their daughters. Earlier this month, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary shared photos of their snowy holiday in Switzerland via the Danish Royal Family Instagram account. And there may well be more to come as Belgium's royals usually enjoy a ski-ing break at some point in the winter and last year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took Prince George and Princess Charlotte off for their first winter holiday.