Princess Amalia with her two sisters Alexia and Ariane
Cheering on their athletes at the Olympics
In an interview with Dutch TV, the couple alluded to the fact Beatrix had "generously" delayed the handover to allow them more time with their young family.
Speaking to a magazine about parenting, Willem-Alexander said: "We do our best to be really with them – on holidays or weekends or even at breakfast in the mornings."
This isn't just PR. It's quite normal to see the royals playing with their children, cycling together and sharing hugs and kisses. Now, more juggling will be required to make all that possible.
In due course the family will move from Eikenhorst Villa, their relatively cosy home in Wassenaar. Their new residence a few miles away in The Hague, Huis ten Bosch Palace, will be far grander.
Playing on the beach near their estate
Even so Maxima and her husband intend to keep a normal atmosphere around the girls.
As the Prince explained: "Amalia's title will be made formal when she's eighteen and she enters the State Council. Until then, we will protect her as much as possible.
"That means she won't participate in official engagements, or as little as possible. Her environment right now should only include her parents, her sisters, and her friends."
This will mean there will still be the usual trips to the theatre and fun fairs. All three girls are very active and they will continue with hobbies such as ballet, judo and horseriding amongst others.
On holiday in Tuscany with their doting grandmaQueen Beatrix encourages them in this, often taking her granddaughters to horse shows and dressage competitions.