British royal Sarah Ferguson and her two daughters have stunned holiday makers at a Swiss ski resort - they're taking to the slopes without dad Prince ANDREW for the first time.

Ever since the DUKE and DUCHESS OF YORK divorced in 1997 they've maintained their closeness by travelling abroad as a tight family unit, but this year (04) Andrew has missed out on their winter break.

Sarah and her daughters BEATRICE, 15, and EUGENIE, 13, are presently in the care of former racing driver beau PADDY McNALLY, who's hosting a house party for the Duchess and her pals.

It's not clear exactly why Andrew couldn't join his family on their trip to Verbier, but a spokesman confirms, "He had other things on. He's busy."

20/02/2004 17:12