Later this summer Mary of Denmark and her husband Frederik plan to visit the Australia-born princess' homeland – a trip they last made in spring 2007. But for the moment the royal couple are making the most of a sunny spell in Scandinavia to hit the beach in Denmark.
Having recently explored the tranquil shoreline around Skagen - a picturesque harbour town at the country's northernmost point - this week they were in the coastal community of Blokhus, 80 miles to the south.
Messing about on the sands with two-year-old Christian, and his little sister Isabella the down-to-earth pair looked like any ordinary family enjoying their holidays.
Christian, Denmark's energetic future king, had fun splashing about with a toy spade and racing down the dunes watched closely by his attentive dad.
Fourteen-month-old Isabella, meanwhile, stayed close to mum as she tried a few faltering steps of her own. The toddler is bound to go down a treat with Mary's Australian relatives, for whom the upcoming trip Down Under will be the first opportunity to make her acquaintance.