People.com Royals Queen Maxima Caught Going Barefoot on Palace Zoom Call! The wife of the Netherlands' monarch ditched shoes in her palace office By Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit is a Royals Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2016 after graduating from The College of New Jersey and holding previous positions at Seventeen, CBS Radio and more. Follow the proud dog mom on Twitter at @stephpetit_ for the latest on Queen Elizabeth's corgis. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 22, 2021 02:06 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Queen Maxima. Photo: Patrick Van EMST/AFP/Getty Even royals need to kick off their shoes sometimes. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, 49, paid a virtual visit to Senegal in her role as a UN special advocate on Thursday, but eagle-eyed Instagram users noticed that the royal had kicked off her heels and was barefoot underneath her desk during the call. Like many people around the world, Queen Maxima has adapted to largely working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the photo, she's set up at a large conference table covered in papers and notebooks across from a large screen for her virtual calls. The mom of three, who was born in Argentina, sits beneath a colorful chandelier — with a coffee cup and water within reach. The Dutch Royal Family Applauds Care Workers During Coronavirus Through Sweet Video Queen Maxima. Koninklijk Huis/Instagram The Dutch royal family came under scrutiny in October for taking a vacation to Greece just three days after the Dutch government advised locals to spend the fall vacations at home to contain the spread of COVID-19. King Willem-Alexander, 53, along with his wife and their three daughters returned to the Netherlands after just one day. Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! "We will abort our vacation," a statement posted on behalf of the monarch said. "We see people's reactions to media reports. And they are intense, and they affect us." "We do not want to leave any doubts about it: in order to get the COVID19 virus under control, it is necessary that the guidelines are followed," he continued. "The discussion following our vacation does not contribute to that."