Queen Maxima rarely separates from her towering spiked heels.
But the 47-year-old Dutch queen turned on her heels to go barefoot on Thursday when she joined young basketball players on the court while visiting the nonprofit YETS Foundation in Schiedam, in the south of the Netherlands.
The Queen was radiant as she watched the children engage in an energetic game.
The foundation works to give disadvantaged youth access to sports.
Elegant footwork: Queen Maxima demonstrated how sensible she is after taking off her heels to walk the basketball court at the local YETS Foundation in Schiedam.
Sports fan: Royals shared a joke with a player and the founder of YETS, Peter Ottens, who joined her at the side of the court while she carried her shoes in her hand.
Elegant: the Dutch Queen arrived in a tailored navy blue suit and matching shoes that carried a small handbag as she entered the store.
The mother of three had arrived in an elegant tailored navy blue suit with matching stilettos, and did not seem ready for a season on a basketball court.
She wore straight blond hair and accessories with a pair of thick earrings in the shape of pebbles.
Argentine royalty spoke with the founder of the YETS Foundation, Peter Ottens.
Maxima was more than happy to wear her shoes as she wandered the court watching the youngsters participate, talking to several along the way.
There was a moment when it seemed that the Queen was preparing to throw some hoops herself, as she opened by lifting one leg and seeming to cling to her foot.
Participating: it seemed that the Queen was preparing to participate in the game while making her way on the court, raising her leg and grabbing her foot
Walkabout: the consort of Argentine origin was happy to wear her shoes while discussing the foundation with the founder Peter Ottens, who started the cause to help vulnerable young people.
Dribbling: Maxima talked with some of the players during the workshop, while some of the players practiced their skills with the ball.
Say cheese: at the end of the visit to the foundation, Maxima joined a group photo with YETS members smiling while some raised their fists in triumph.
Action: the founder Peter explained on his website that he decided to launch the group to return something to his country and help vulnerable young people with sports.
Out of action: a young man did not allow his broken foot to stop them from participating in the royal visit while limping on the court for the amusement of the Queen Máxima
Practice makes perfect: Peter uses different teaching techniques to help his students develop their skills as basketball players and their social skills.
YETS founder and former basketball player Peter Ottens explained on his website that he came up with the idea of using basketball to help vulnerable young people return something to their country.
When they established the business they gave workshops at home and abroad, including in schools and in juvenile detention.
They believed that sport already served as a means to help others get the best of themselves, but Peter saw that the workshops were too unique to make a difference.
"Vulnerable young people only succeed when they are surrounded by adults who believe in them and are ready for them for a long time and unconditionally," he says on the YETS website.
He decided to bring the American "youth college model", as he had experienced himself, to the Netherlands.
This involved two years of basketball, encouraging young people to be socially active and to 'form a family', as well as to develop as a person and as a basketball player.
Matched: Maxima looked elegant in a jumpsuit with which she combined her heels and her bag, combining simple accessories and a pair of pebble-shaped earrings.
In the navy: Known for her love for color, Maxima opted for the subdued tone, but her choice of shoes was not entirely appropriate for the sports visit.
Maxima has three daughters, Catharina-Amalia, 14, Alexia, 13 and Ariane, 11, with her husband, King Willem-Alexander, 51.
Maxima has endured a few difficult months, recently flying to Buenos Aires for the funeral of her younger sister, Inés Zorreguieta.
Ines took her own life at 33 years after a long battle against depression.
Máxima retired from several state visits following the death of Ines in June, bravely returned to work two weeks later.
Later that month, during a visit to a hospital in Groningen, she struggled to hold back the tears while giving a short speech.