Her sporting interests go back to the 1972 Munich Olympics at which she met the dashing young royal who was to become her husband, so it's no wonder Sweden's Queen Silvia was in her element at a sailing competition in northern Germany.
King Carl Gustaf's wife handled herself with aplomb when invited to fire the starting pistol at the Childhood Race in the town of Kiel, smiling with satisfaction after doing the honours.
The regatta gave her the opportunity to visit her native country – the Queen is the daughter of a German businessman and his Brazilian wife - and watch her niece Helena Sommerlath in action in one of the boats.
Just as pleasing for the mother of three is the fact that proceeds from the competition go to the World Childhood Foundation she founded in 1999. The charity helps ensure an education for children in countries as far flung as South Africa, Ecuador and Russia.