Queen Maxima of the Netherlands gets stuck into day of volunteering News

The royal couple had just returned from their official state visit to Denmark, where they attended a lavish banquet dinner and toured the island of Samso among other engagements.

On Saturday, Maxima appeared more than happy to swap her tiaras and full-length gowns for a more casual look – jeans and a T-shirt and white handyman gloves.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands gets stuck into day of volunteering News   Queen Maxima of the Netherlands swapped her tiaras and gowns for a more casual look

Dressed for the physical activity, Maxima eagerly got down to business and helped paint the walls of the centre’s sports area in Tricht, a small village in the province of Gelderland.

The Buenos Aires-born beauty was pictured grabbing a roller brush and set to work, while her husband Willem-Alexander took charge of painting the floors. The king was also dressed appropriately in jeans and a checked shirt, and showed no signs of reluctance at getting his hands dirty.

Maxima, 43, and Willem-Alexander, 47, were taking part in NLdoet – the national event that has been running for the past ten years which encourages locals to take part in some kind of voluntary action.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands gets stuck into day of volunteering News   King Willem-Alexander eagerly got into the volunteering spirit

Last year the down-to-earth couple paid a visit to a homeless shelter in Utrecht, and the year before that Maxima volunteered at a Girl Scout group, where she helped paint, clean, and restore their clubhouse.