Queen Maxima of the Netherlands looked casual today as she donned a simple outfit to get stuck into some volunteer work.
The royal, 50, who was accompanied by her husband King Willem-Alexander, 55, visited the Care Farm Op Aarde (On Earth) in Brielle. The country’s care farms are operated by people facing either physical or mental illnesses and challenges.
Maxima and Willem were volunteering as part of the NLDoet scheme which sees people across the Netherlands roll up their sleeves and take part in charity work.
NLdoet is the largest volunteer action in the Netherlands, and this year marked its 18th annual rollout. Some 5,500 activities are organised during the campaign.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, 50, cut a casual figure today, dressing down as she took part in a volunteering scheme with her husband King Willem-Alexander
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, 50, and her husband King Willem-Alexander, 55, cut casual figures today, dressing down as they took part in a volunteering scheme
Donning a pair of protective gloves, Maxima did her bit for NLdoet, making herself useful on the farm
Maxima also helped ‘Op aarde’ farmer Arjan Monteny (pictured, right) farmer repair a bench while she did her part for NLdoet
Dressing appropriately for the task at hand, she donned jeans and practical trainers. She kept warm in a white charity zip-up jacket, matching Willem’s look.
Keeping the look relaxed, Maxima opted to wear her locks loose, and un-styled, matching her casual outfit perfectly.
When it came to her make-up, she went for a natural but polished look, with a light covering of foundation.
Her eyes were emphasised with a lick of mascara and eyeliner.
Maxima showed she wasn’t afraid to join in on the action, grabbing a fork and hefting forkfuls of straw across a barn.
Cheerful Maxima was seen beaming as she took part in the volunteering drive. This year’s event marked the scheme’s 18th annual rollout
The royal was pictured in green wellies and gloves as she grabbed a fork and enthusiastically starting mucking out the barn
As well as mucking out, Maxima helped to clean and fix a bench, picking up a cloth to wipe dirt off the seat along with the farmer and another worker
She was also spotted helping Op aarde farmer Arjan Monteny to clean and fix a broken bench.
The royal was pictured chatting and laughing with the farmer and other workers as she wiped the bench down with a cloth.
Meanwhile, her husband Willem was snapped engaging with workers as he wielded a yellow cloth, to help with some cleaning.
The King and Queen were photographed in high spirits as they took part in the volunteering day today
Cleaning up: King Willem-Alexander (pictured, centre) grabbed a cleaning cloth as he helped out with some jobs at the care farm alongside other workers
The royal couple posed for a picture with fellow volunteers as they took all part in the 18th edition of NLdoet, the largest volunteer action in the Netherlands
Queen Maxima has been a royal since 2002, when she married King Willem-Alexander.
Willem-Alexander became king after his mother, Beatrix, abdicated in April 2013 after 33 years as reigning monarch.
Maxima has reportedly said that she had no inkling that Willem-Alexander was heir to the throne when they first met.
The couple share three daughters, Catharina-Amalia, 18, Alexia, 16, and Ariane, 14, married into the Dutch royal family in 2002.
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