Princess Mabel to join royals in Austria for skiing break

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.

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