The Belgian royals share photos from their annual Swiss ski holiday

By Chloe Best

The Belgian royals have shared a series of cute family photos from their annual ski holiday in Switzerland. With their four children, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde posed in Verbier, a favoured winter retreat for celebrities and royals.

Photographed outside their snow-topped chalet, the family appeared to be having a great time together as the king and queen joined their children, Princess Elisabeth, 14, Prince Gabriel, 12, Prince Emmanuel, 10, and seven-year-old Princess Eléonore for a sweet photo before hitting the slopes.

TAP TO VIEW FULL GALLERY The Belgian royal family are on their annual skiing holiday in Switzerland.

Wrapped up against the cold in colourful ski jackets and hats, the youngsters showed off their skiing skills before having some fun with an impromptu snowball fight.

The royal family appeared to be in their element as they skied down the slopes, with King Philippe leading the pack in a padded khaki coat while Queen Mathilde followed behind their children.

The royals showed off their skiing skills as they hit the slopes.

The king and queen, who have been married for 16 years, also took a photo together outside their chalet. They appeared happy and relaxed during their getaway, which is their first official break of the year.

The family getaway comes shortly after it was announced that Queen Mathilde would be joining forces with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and pop royalty Shakira on the United Nations' new global goals initiative. The trio will work together to bring awareness to issues like poverty, climate change and war and conflict.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in a photo together outside their chalet.

"We have to make the goals famous," said Assistant UN Secretary-General Thomas Gass, who hopes to use the women's influence to shine a light on the organization’s 17 sustainable development goals. The campaign has also called on soccer star Leo Messi and actor Forest Whitaker to spread awareness. "Some of those people, they will listen to what Leo Messi has to say, and others will listen to what Crown Princess Victoria has to say… They speak to different parts of society," said Mr. Gass.

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