Queen Máxima jumps out of plane over Breda (and yes, there’s a video)

There are many things that you’d imagine are on the average royal’s to-do list: shake hands, cut ribbons, attend speeches — but jumping out of a plane? Well, that’s what sat on Queen Máxima’s list yesterday.

On June 1, Queen Máxima went on a working visit to the Defensie Para School (Defense Para School) in Breda. Pretty standard.

Actually no, not standard

According to a press release, the visit started as one would expect. The queen spoke with military personnel about their training, and she listened to a briefing on the work of the DPS.

Next on the agenda was a demonstration on folding the parachutes — oh, and how to jump.

Why? Because the queen was there to get the full experience, and that included jumping out of a plane. 😳

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Before you go imagining the queen free falling through the air above Breda, we’ll add that she did this in tandem with a supervisor.

And here’s the video

But let’s say no more, please enjoy this video of the queen of the Netherlands jumping out of a plane:

To be fair to the queen, she seemed quite happy to be falling from a plane. While some weaker souls may pass out as soon as their feet left the cockpit, Máxima was smiling and waving during her descent.

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Now there’s something you probably never expected to see. Alright Elizabeth, your turn. 👑

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Sarah O'Leary 🇮🇪
Sarah O'Leary 🇮🇪
Before becoming the Senior Editor of DutchReview, Sarah was a fresh-faced international looking to learn more about the Netherlands. Since moving here in 2017, Sarah has added a BA in English and Philosophy (Hons.), an MA in Literature (Hons.), and over three years of writing experience at DutchReview to her skillset. When Sarah isn't acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her trying to sound witty while writing about some of the stickier topics such as mortgages and Dutch law.


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