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Queen Maxima recovers from concussion to take part in official royal photo shoot

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Queen Maxima was well enough to face the cameras on Friday as she joined the rest of her family for the annual royal summer photo shoot. It was unclear whether or not the mother-of-three would be able to take part; it was her first public appearance since being diagnosed with concussion earlier that same week. But with a big smile she stepped out into the gardens at their residence Villa Eikenhorst to pose with husband King Willem-Alexander and their daughters, Crown Princess Amalia, 12, Princess Alexia, 11 and nine-year-old Princess Ariane.


Queen Maxima posed with her husband and their daughters for the annual photo shoot

Maxima suffered a fall in Wassenaar on 1 July in unexplained circumstances. She showed no signs of ill health as she welcomed a visiting Greek delegation on an official two-day visit on Monday, but doctors later ordered the queen to cancel further engagements and to rest after she complained of headaches and discomfort.  

"She's been suffering from concussion for five days," her concerned husband told reporters in the week. "She needs peace and quiet to make a speedy recovery."


The photo call took place in the gardens of Villa Eikenhorst

Maxima isn't the only family member who has been struggling with her health; eldest daughter Princess Amalia, 12, is currently using crutches after spraining her ankle. The crown princess put on a brave face for the photographers on Friday, however, and her father downplayed the injury, reportedly telling the press: "It's just a girl who has sprained her ankle."

During the photo session, the proud King also went on to praise his three daughters for their good school grades, and revealed that Amalia will begin studying Chinese next year.


It is one of two yearly photo sessions that the Dutch royals take part in

The family's July 8 session is one of two yearly photo ops that the family partakes in with the press. It was established in 2005 as part of a media code with the Dutch royal family. The royals pose for photos once in the summer and again at the beginning of their skiing holiday and in return the media respects their privacy outside of royal engagements.

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