Sharnaz ShahidKate Middleton and Prince William love the snow. See which other royals get up to in the winter months...
From ski slopes and sleigh rides to chic alpine winter-wear, there's nothing quite like playing in the snow – and the even the royals love it too! Each year when they are not on official travel duties, members of the British royal family love heading to the likes of Klosters, Lech and Verbier for a fun-filled winter getaway. Whether they're relaxing in a luxury resort or making the most of the snow, there have been plenty of beautiful photo opportunities for our favourite royals.
Over the years, Prince Charles has enjoyed plenty of annual ski trips with Prince William and Prince Harry when they were children. The late Princess Diana also took her sons on a few snow-filled getaways. The tradition has since continued as William headed to the French Alps with his wife Kate and their eldest two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in 2016.
Prince William and Kate in the French Alps, 2016
During the trip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed of their playful side when they found themselves battling in the snowy setting of the French Alps. This vacation marked their first holiday as a family-of-four.
In honour of the occasion, Kensington Palace shared six charming pictures and released this statement, which read "This was their first holiday as a family of four and the first time either of the children had played in the snow. It was very special and fun short holiday for the family, and they are grateful that John Stillwell [The PA photographer] was able to capture the moment so well. The Duke and Duchess hope people enjoy the photos."
William and Kate's Christmas party in Kensington Palace, 2018
In December 2018, Prince William and Kate hosted a Christmas party at Kensington Palace for the families of military personnel serving in Cyprus over the festive period. At one point, the royals were seen getting into the festive spirit by throwing same fake snow balls.
During their four-day visit to Sweden and Norway in February 2018, the Duke and Duchess took in breathtaking views at Holmenkollen. However, an unsuspected William was in for a surprise when his wife lobbed a snowball into his face – much to the delight of the crowds!
Princess Diana took her sons to Lech in Austria, a skiing resort which boasts a stunning setting thanks to its cosy alpine chalets, picturesque rivers and snow-capped mountains. Here Harry, then eight years-old, seen on the slopes holding on to a ski lift.
The second-in-line to the throne looked adorable in his matching salopettes and jacket. William appeared confident as ever on the slopes with his skiers.
Princess Diana in Lech, 1993
Princess Diana spent the break taking to the slopes with her sons, no doubt teaching them the ropes - and it clearly sparked a long-term passion for the pair as they have continued to participate in the sport to this day.
Princess Marie of Denmark and Princess Athena of Denmark joined other members of the Danish Royal family on their annual ski holiday in Col-de-Bretaye near Villars-sur-Ollon. The pair looked snug in the chic winter gear.
Princess Mary in Verbier, 2015
Princess Mary of Denmark and Princess Josephine of Denmark looked delighted to be cruising on snow on their sledge.
The Dutch royal family in Lech, 2015
Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander were skiing in the picture-perfect resort of Lech, where they've been going for years, along with their daughters Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane.