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Dutch Royal Family returns to Lech

One year after the tragic avalanche accident of Prince Friso, the Dutch Royal Family returned to Lech/Arlberg yesterday (Mon). They have spent their ski holidays in Lech since 1959.

Along with Queen Beatrix, who will resign on 30 April, her oldest son and Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, his wife Maxima and their three daughters travelled to Lech. The family stays at the renowned hotel "Post" where they usually stay for two weeks.

Princess Mabel, the wife of Prince Friso, and her daughters also spend their holiday in Lech. Mabel lives in London where her 44-year-old husband, who is in a coma, is treated in a special hospital.

The princess is grateful that the media respect her and her family’s privacy and also expects this during her stay in Lech.

The mayor of Lech, Mr Muxel, said that the community is proud and grateful that the Royal Family keeps spending their ski holidays there. They have come since 1959, when Lech was only a small mountain village.

This would "show that the family appreciates the ski resort" and in return, the community would try hard to make them "fell at home". The avalanche accident did not change the relationship with the family.

The community would also do everything to make sportsmen aware of the dangers off-piste and how to deal with them.

"We want to make them aware that they should only leave the piste with proper equipment", said Mr Muxel. He pointed out that special information boards are provided by the ski lifts and that the community organised a "Snow & Safety Conference" last December.

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