King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with (L-R) Princess Alexia, Princess Amalia and Princess Ariane in Lech, Austria. Feb. 22, 2016 - Credit: photo: Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst / ANP Royal Images / Remko de Waal
Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 10:27
Princess Alexia in good condition after skiing accident
A surgical procedure to mend the broken leg of Princess Alexia went well, the press office of the Dutch royal family announced late Saturday night. The princess is likely to remain hospitalized for the next few days after injuring herself in a skiing accident while on holiday in Lech, Austria. “She was immediately taken by helicopter to a hospital, where the fracture was found on the right thigh,” the press office stated. The accident happened on Saturday, and surgery was performed the same day. Alexia, 10, is second-in-line to the Netherlands throne. She is the middle child of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s three daughters. Four years ago this month, the King’s younger brother, Prince Friso, was overcome by an avalanche in Lech while skiing. He was trapped under the snow for nearly half an hour, and paramedics spent roughly an hour performing CPR. He died in a London care facility at the age of 44 after an 18-month-long coma.