Princess Madeline and her children vacation in the Maldives

Princess Madeline and her children vacation in the Maldives

Princess Madeleine escaped the winter by jetting off on a tropical holiday. The Swedish royal shared some delightful photos of her children, seven-month-old Prince Nicolas and Princess Leonore, 23 months, from the sunny getaway on social media.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYPrincess Madeleine shared a family holiday album on Facebook.

With the family enjoying their beach break in their own private villa on the isle of Kunfunadhoo, royal watchers probably spotted that Leonore is the image of her British father, Chris O'Neill, while her little brother is more like their mother.

As the four of them played in the sand and frolicked in the water, the princess must have been glad to spend quality time with her financier husband, who has been working hard in recent years to build up his business.

The family is in the Maldives.

In an interview last year, Chris addressed his occasional absences from royal engagements, saying, "It is me who puts food on the table. I must first and foremost think of our little family.

"My job doesn't allow me to decide if I can attend an official engagement one month before it happens."

Aware of the interest in their growing family, King XVI Carl Gustaf's daughter has shared personal photos while maintaining a level of privacy for her children.

For example, just before Christmas the doting mom posted a cute photo of her little prince visiting Santa's grotto.The last time the public caught a glimpse of Nicolas and his big sister was in October at his christening.

Nicolas is seven months old.

The couple live in London after moving from New York City, where they met, for her husband's career. Another advantage for Madeleine, who admits to being shy, is the possibility of being more anonymous away from her native Sweden.

Despite growing up in the spotlight, the royal has said she doesn't like being "the centre of attention."

Nicolas's big sister Leonore is two in February.

"I've had this all my life," Madeleine said during a television appearance on Norwegian-Swedish talk-show Skavlan. "One would think, and maybe expect, that I'd be comfortable in front of people, photographers and journalists who ask questions. But I'm really not, I'm quite shy."

"I don't like being the centre of attention," she added, "but as the official person I am, this is something I have to deal with. I'm struggling with it. I'm working on it."

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