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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and her daughters enjoy family day out sailing

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands swapped her gowns and glittering tiaras for more casual wear as she enjoyed a day of sailing with her family on Saturday. The Dutch queen and her husband King Willem-Alexander were joined by their three daughters and the king's mother Princess Beatrix for the summer excursion in Amsterdam.

Lapping up the sunshine and the warm weather, Maxima and her brood took to the water. The queen nailed off-duty chic in a Breton-striped top and white trousers, and a pair of oversized sunglasses.

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Queen Máxima of the Netherlands nailed off-duty chic for the family day out

Máxima, who came second in HELLO! Online's most stylish royal vote last week, completed her look with a straw hat and a pair of large gold bauble earrings.

The queen looked thrilled to be surrounded by her family and happily snapped away on her camera, while Willem-Alexander took the helm. At one point Máxima was pictured affectionately cradling the face of her youngest daughter Princess Ariane, eight.

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The doting mum shared a sweet moment with eight-year-old Princess Ariane

The doting mum-of-three wasn't the only royal eager to document the day. Her second child, ten-year-old Princess Alexia, was spotted taking a selfie on her pink phone, while grandmother Princess Beatrix, who abdicated from the throne in 2013, played around with a disposable camera.

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Queen Máxima's second daughter was spotted taking a selfie

The royal party was completed by Princess Mabel, who sadly lost her husband Prince Friso two years. Friso was skiing off piste when he was trapped under an avalanche in Austria in February 2012. He suffered brain damage and remained in a coma until his death in August 2013.

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The royal family were joined by King Willem-Alexander's mother Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel

The family outing comes just a week after Máxima finished second in HELLO! Online's annual poll to find the most stylish royal. Almost 30,000 readers cast their vote and crowned Princess Mary of Denmark the ultimate winner with 30 per cent of votes.

Queen Máxima, 44, followed shortly after. Widely praised for her bold and colourful outfits, the Argentina-born beauty has a tremendous sense of fun with her sartorial choices and is known to step out in wide-brimmed hats, loud patterns and eye-catching accessories.

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