Her Majesty takes a spin

The idea of Royalty Having Fun might run counter to our expectations, perhaps because we’ve never had a royal family of our own, despite decades of media attempts to simulate one. For some reason, this pair of shots of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands gave me a silly grin, and I pass them on to you. The event is the 2013 opening of a park in Utrecht named for Her Majesty, last seen here resplendent in orange but on this date doing that color-block thing to considerable advantage:

Queen Maxima prepares to meet her subjects

And then this happened:

Queen Maxima on a bicycle

Be warned: the usual click-to-embiggen works here, but we’re talking 2 to 4 megabytes. Each.

Still awaiting final resolution: the question of cycling while wearing heels.


  1. fillyjonk »

    18 November 2014 · 5:51 pm

    I neither ride a bike nor wear (very) high heels, but I’d think the short skirt would pose an even larger issue.

  2. CGHill »

    18 November 2014 · 6:01 pm

    There exists a shot in this photoset which appears to be intended to take advantage of that issue. (I did not include it here.)

  3. Brett »

    18 November 2014 · 6:48 pm

    Our political dynasty/roayl family stand-in (the Kennedys) has tended towards the kind of fun which does not lend itself to family-friendly photos.

  4. McGehee »

    18 November 2014 · 8:03 pm

    Which is no doubt why so many other political families are trying so hard to join the club.

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