Prince Charles returns to Klosters ski resort where a close friend was killed by an avalanche

Prince Charles returns to the ski resort of Klosters where his close friend Major Hugh Lindsay was killed by an avalanche in 1988

  • Prince Charles visited the famous Swiss resort of Klosters last weekend
  • This is where Major Hugh Lindsay, former equerry to the Queen and close friend of the Prince of Wales, died after being hit by a wall of snow and ice in 1988.
  • It was in Klosters in 2005 that a television microphone picked up Prince Charles’ reckless comments to his sons about BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell.










The Prince of Wales took a ski trip last week to the Swiss resort where an avalanche killed one of his closest friends.

Major Hugh Lindsay, former Queen’s Equerry, died after being hit by a wall of snow and ice in Klosters on March 10, 1988.

Patti Palmer-Tomkinson, another member of the Royal Ski Party, suffered serious leg injuries, but the prince and other members of the group were able to ski to safety before being airlifted off the mountain .

Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and Duke of York Prince Andrew posing for photographers during their skiing holiday in the Swiss resort of Klosters

Almost 34 years later, Charles – who recently recovered from a second episode of Covid – was back at the station.

He was due to take time off from work last week, according to a source, but after his isolation he decided to give up several days to ‘catch up’ with work – thus truncating his visit to Switzerland.

Charles has long had a fondness for the intimacy of upscale Klosters and, despite the tragedy of 1988, has been a regular visitor.

He was photographed there admiring the view of the Alps from a hotel balcony in 2015.

Charles has long had a fondness for the intimacy of upmarket Klosters and, despite the 1988 tragedy, has been a regular visitor

Charles has long had a fondness for the intimacy of upmarket Klosters and, despite the 1988 tragedy, has been a regular visitor

On another occasion, he was seen wearing a disguise of glasses, a fake nose, and a mustache to avoid being spotted on the slopes.

It was in Klosters in 2005 where, eight days before he married Camilla, a television microphone picked up his unattended comments about BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell.

The prince, seated with William and Harry, said: “These damn people. I can’t stand this man. I mean, he’s so awful. He really is.

The BBC defended Mr Witchell at the time, with a spokesperson saying: ‘He is one of our best.

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