“Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year,” a message inside the card reads. The card was accompanied by a message from the King and Queen of the Netherlands. “Many thanks for the heartwarming wishes we received from you,” Maxima and King William-Alexander said.
The Dutch Queen and her daughters exuded glamour wearing floor-length gowns for the photo, which was taken by Jeroen van der Meyde. Nineteen-year-old Princess Catharina-Amalia, who is first in line to the Dutch throne, was pictured sweetly holding on to her tuxedo-clad father.
Like their mother, Princesses Alexia, 17, and Ariane, 15, were dressed in one-shoulder gowns. The royal family was joined in the photo by their dog Mambo, who stole the show in Maxima’s arms.
“What a great photo, especially that combination with chic clothing and then Maxima’s dog also nice in the photo with dirty paws,” one Instagram user commented on the picture (translated to English).
The royals introduced Mambo last year on World Animal Day.
The day after sharing the family’s Christmas card, the Royal House posted a behind-the-scenes photo of King Willem-Alexander from the recording of his Christmas speech in the DNA Salon of Huis ten Bosch Palace. The King’s speech will be broadcast on Christmas Day.