Dutch princess undergoes operation after broken leg

Princess Alexia, Princess Catharina-Amalia and Princess Ariane of the Netherlands pose during a photocall in Lech am Arlberg, Austria, 22 February 2016. Princess Alexia underwent surgery after she broke her leg on a skiing holiday. Photo: EPA / REMKO DE WAAL

THE HAGUE – Young Dutch Princess Alexia underwent an operation in hospital Friday to remove a plate and screws put in place after she broke her leg earlier this year, the palace said.

The 11-year-old, who is second in line to the throne, was on a skiing holiday in Austria with her parents King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima when the accident happened in February.

Friday's operation on her right leg in a Rotterdam hospital "went well," the palace said in a statement, and Alexia was allowed to go home after a few hours.

Alexia is the second daughter of the king and queen. Her 12-year-old sister Catharina-Amalia, the Princess of Orange, is the heir apparent to the Dutch throne. They have a nine-year-old younger sister, Princess Ariane.



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