Maxima leaves snow behind for Christmas in the sun

Thursday December 23, 2010

She speaks fluent Dutch and is hugely popular in her adopted homeland Netherlands.

But there are times when Crown Princess Maxima must feel the call of home.

Especially at this time of year when summer is just beginning in Argentina and northern Europe is under a blanket of snow.

So, the charismatic royal and her husband Willem-Alexander are escaping the chill by spending Christmas in Patagonia.

And Maxima looked thrilled to be back on native turf as the couple posed for pictures with their adorable daughters Amalia, Alexia and Ariane.

They will be staying at the sprawling estate they bought a few years ago, near the city of Bariloche.

Photo: © Rex

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