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Princess Mabel to join royals in Austria for skiing break

Monday 28 January 2013

Princess Mabel and her two daughters will join the rest of the royal family on their traditional winter holiday, a year after her husband Friso was seriously injured in an avalanche.

The state information service RVD issued a statement on Monday saying Mabel would join queen Beatrix, crown prince Willem Alexander and princess Máxima in the Austrian resort of Lech.

However, Mabel and her daughters will not take part in the traditional photo op for the press at the start of the holiday.

In the statement, the RVD said Mabel was grateful for the way the press had respected her privacy since the accident and hoped this would continue during the visit to Lech.

Prince Friso remains in a coma at a specialist hospital in London.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

What a great idea for a family trip!
Nobody considered going somewhere else for once?

By joanna | 28 January 2013 3:36 PM

I also find this shocking! Why would skiing be so incredibly important for them, that they cannot possibly skip it! I imagine the young princesses would consider it a grave 'deprivation', eh! Meanwhile their father lying in coma does not make them think twice, after ONE year!!!! Honest! Why should the press be considerate to people behaving in this manner is beyond me.

By Katy | 28 January 2013 7:54 PM

And if he had been hurt skating, should they not skate again? If on a bicycle, should they not use a bicycle? If getting out of the shower, should they never wash? Skiing is a great release to the mind and body, a way to be outside with nature, as any well-loved sport. It is not a season for rowing, nor for swimming in the sea. If they find relaxation, comfort and solace in being someplace they all loved, doing something they all loved, and getting fresh air and exercise at the same time, why on earth would anyone tell them to do otherwise?

By JFS | 28 January 2013 10:21 PM

And to add to JFS's comment which I agree fully with, do you expect the family to put their lives on pause for an undetermined amount of time while Friso is in a coma? Is that a life for them? After one year, I think it's time for them to try to regain a sense of normacly in their lives, especially for the childrens sake. I see no reason why they shouldn't go skiing, if it's something they enjoy!

By Sedirea | 29 January 2013 10:06 AM

The only thing shocking is the nastiness of some comments.

By pepe | 29 January 2013 10:55 AM

God bless Queen Beatrix and her family. It is sad that her son may never be right again, but life unfortunatly has to go on for the sake of the little children. I hope the Queen can cope with the loss of her son in her abdication, not so sure I like the idea of an Argentinian born Queen though, lot of history there to sort out. The Argentine has a lot to answer for since the second world war and one day they will be called to book and I hope her family comes up clean, I doubt it.

By Oz girl | 29 January 2013 12:58 PM

Princess Maxima will make a beautiful queen with grace and class. It is unfair to judge ALL Argentinians for the wrong-doings of the previous generation.

People with prejudice bring our world into the sad state we are in. Whatever the question, love is the answer.

By Regine | 29 January 2013 9:06 PM

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