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St Moritz Buxton

Published: 13:25 BST, 18 February 2018 | Updated: 15:56 BST, 18 February 2018

The Earl and Countess of Wessex took a break from royal duties this week as they jetted out to trendy St. Moritz for a winter break.

Edward and Sophie were joined by their children James, Viscount Severn, 10 and Lady Louise Windsor, 14 as they enjoyed a half term holiday at the upmarket Swiss ski resort.

Louise's fun was cut painfully short, however, as the young royal appeared to have suffered a tumble when she was seen walking on crutches - just a day after showing off her skills on the picturesque slopes.

The young royal, a keen skier, could be seen being supported by resort staff as she changed out of her ski gear and into a casual jacket as she navigated the icy resort paths. She is believed to have fractured her leg.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.

Winter break: Edward and Sophie Wessex admire the view and enjoy a chat as they ascend the slopes on a chair lift

Oops! After having fun on the slopes, Lady Louise Windsor appeared to have suffered a tumble as she was later seen walking on crutches and being supported by an aide

The youngster was seen wearing her left foot in a cast after taking a tumble. She is believed to have fractured her leg

Wrapping up warm: The youngster and her brother James (left) defied the Arctic conditions in brightly-coloured ski gear

Sophie, 53, looked a natural as she made the most of the fresh powder by whizzing down the slopes clad in a sleek black ski jacket, salopettes and goggles.

At one point, she joined her husband on the chair lift where the couple could be seen smiling and chatting as they admired the stunning views.  

Wrapped up against the winter chill, the troupe were virtually unrecognisable in their helmets and goggles as they arrived for the winter break during school half term. 

Temperatures in St Moritz are between -1°C and 2°C this week with light snowfall, but the Earl wrapped up warm in a bright red Colmar ski jacket worth around £400 - an old favourite which he has had since 2016 - adding a pair of sunglasses under his helmet to protect from the glare. 

The upmarket ski enclave is something of a celebrity haunt, frequented by the likes of John Travolta, Liz Hurley and Ivana Trump as well as a string of royals.

Sophie's got skills! The Countess of Wessex , 53 (left) looked a natural as she whizzed down the slopes clad in a stylish black ski jacket, salopettes and goggles while her husband (right) wore an old Colmar jacket

Louise (centre) had been spotted skiing with her family earlier, with her tumble apparently marking the end of her skiing fun

Wessexes on tour: Wrapped up against the winter chill, the troupe were virtually unrecognisable in their helmets and goggles as they arrived for the winter break

The Wessex Winter Olympics! The family looked to be enjoying themselves as they joined a group of friends on the slopes

Making the most of it: It's back to work for Sophie this week, as she prepares to host a Commonwealth Fashion Reception and a Charities Forum Meeting, both at Buckingham Palace, on Monday

Temperatures in St Moritz are between -1°C and 2°C this week, and the Wessexes were kitted out accordingly in their ski gear

Family holiday: The Wessexes are keen skiers and often holiday on the Swiss slopes; in 2016 they were spotted arriving at St. Moritz in a £46million private jet

Warding off the winter chill: The Earl wrapped up warm in a bright red Colmar ski jacket worth around £400

All the gear: The Queen's youngest son shielded his eyes from the glare with a pair of trendy Uvex ski goggles

Edward, 53, looked to be in his element as he wandered around the upmarket ski resort with his family this weekend

Wrapped up in a vibrant turquoise ski jacket and orange helmet, the eldest Wessex child looked to be enjoying her winter break as she chatted to her father Edward (left) and mother Sophie (right)

Mother and daughter time: Prior to her fall, Lady Louise looked to be enjoying some quality time with her mother Sophie

Close bond: Sophie  enjoys a close and hands-on relationship with her two children, Louise and James, who are known for being impeccably well behaved

Fighting fit: Before her fall, Lady Louise was seen careering around the icy paths carrying a heavy pair of skis and poles

Luckily, Louise's tumble happened towards the end of the Wessexes' break - meaning she wasn't out of action for too long

Loved up: The couple, who will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary next year, could be seen sharing a giggle

Sophie, a keen skier, looked chic in a belted black jacket teamed with red, white and blue salopettes and sunnies

The royal couple, who are regulars on the slopes, were staying in the Swiss ski haven as they take a winter break from their busy schedule.

And it's back to work for Sophie this week, as she prepares to host a Commonwealth Fashion Reception and a Charities Forum Meeting, both at Buckingham Palace, on Monday. 

While fulfilling royal duties back in the UK, Sophie famously does her own hair, sometimes drives herself to official engagements, and even makes her own pre-engagement notes without the traditional help of a lady-in-waiting. 

The former businesswoman also enjoys a close and hands-on relationship with her two children, Louise and James, who are known for being impeccably well behaved. 

The Wessexes are keen skiers and often holiday on the Swiss slopes; in 2016 they were spotted arriving at St. Moritz in a £46million private jet.

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