Queen Máxima and family hit the beach for summer photoshoot

Another year has passed and the Dutch royal family have released a set of official photographs to welcome in the summer months. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands were joined by their three beautiful daughters for the annual photocall, which took place over the weekend.

Máxima, 44, looked as radiant as ever. The Argentina-born beauty wore a black and white patterned top by Tory Burch and casual black trousers that she rolled up for the beach photoshoot.

The family had chosen the sandy shores of Meijendel beach in Wassenaar, The Hague for this year's location.


The Dutch royals headed to Meijendel beach in The Hague for the photoshoot

Máxima and Willem-Alexander's three daughters – Princesses Catharina-Amalia, Alexia and Ariane – all played a starring role in the photocall and shared the spotlight with their famous parents.

Royal watchers were able to see how much the children had grown in the past year and how they took after their mum and dad in different ways.

The couple's three princesses, Ariane, Alexia and Catharina-Amalia, were all in high spirits

Máxima and her youngest, eight-year-old Ariane, shared a particularly sweet moment when the queen was pictured helping her daughter roll up her trousers and embrace her from behind.

The family were clearly in high spirits, donning casual and relaxed clothing and opting to go barefoot for the photos. They were joined by their pet dogs Skipper and Nala, who looked to be enjoying the excursion as much as the royals.

Willem-Alexander, 48, took the lead and threw balls around for the dogs to play while his three children ran along the beach and dipped in and out of the waves.

Máxima, 44, looked as radiant as ever in a patterned top and trousers

While the three princesses are off school for the summer months, Máxima and Willem-Alexander's schedules are still packed with royal engagements.

Just last week the queen opened a nursing centre in the village of Nieuwolda and also attended the launch of Leontien House, a centre that provides support to people with eating disorders. The week before that Máxima jetted to the other side of the world to the Philippines for a three-day official visit.