Dutch royal family release wonderful family photos from their ski trip to Austria

By Heather Cichowski

Winter wonderland! The Dutch Royal Family, including King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their three teenage daughters, Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, 16, Princess Alexia, 14, and Princess Ariane, 12, hit the slopes in Lech, Austria on their traditional annual ski holiday on Feb. 25!

The squad posed for a series of jolly, snow-filled pictures during their annual photo session. They were accompanied by King Willem-Alexander's mother, Princess Beatrix, and his brother, Prince Constantijn, Princess Laurentien and their children, Countess Eloise, Count Claus-Casimir and Countess Leonore.

Princess Beatrix with her grandchildren, including Princess Amalia, Princess Alexia, Princess Ariane, Countess Eloise, Count Claus-Casimir and Countess Leonore. Photo: © Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

The royals seemed to be having a delightful time in the fresh powder as they were photographed hitting the slopes, posing for group shots and enjoying some sweet moments. In one picture, Princess Beatrix can be seen with six of her grandchildren! In another shot, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima enjoy a tender moment on the snowy mountain.

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The mountain village and exclusive ski resort are part of the Austrian state of Vorarlberg on the banks of the river Lech.

The Dutch royals have a long history of enjoying skiing, especially in Austria. The official Royal House of the Netherlands' Instagram account recently shared an old black-and-white photo from 1936 of Princess Juliana and her mother, Queen Wilhelmina, on the slopes!

How sweet! King Willem-Alexander provided some assistance to his wife while getting geared up. Photo: © Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

The caption, translated from Dutch, reads: "In February 1936 Queen Wilhelmina, Princess Juliana and some friends stayed in the Austrian Igls. This photo of Princess Juliana with her mother Queen Wilhelmina was taken on February 7, 1936.

"Princess Juliana remained active on the long slats until well over eighty years of age. Her daughter Princess Beatrix is still skiing."

Maxima and Willem-Alexander had a tender moment during the ski photocall. Photo: © Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

Indeed, the family enjoyed a skiing holiday in Lech the same time last year and also in 2018!

Princess Amalia looked fashionable on the slopes! Photo: © Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

One thing that was different this year is that Princess Amalia appears to have gotten her ears pierced! Detail-orientated royals fans noted the heir apparent was wearing golden hoops through her ears during the 2020 ski trip, according to HELLO! UK.

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