Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will travel to Aruba on a working visit from 30 March to 1 April at the invitation of the National Park Arikok. The island nation of Aruba is one of four countries included in the Kingdom of the Netherlands; the others are Netherlands, Sint Maarten, and Curaçao. During Beatrix’s time as Queen, Aruba seceded and became a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 1986.
Princess Beatrix is the patron of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) of which the National Park Arikok is part. During her three-day trip, she will also visit the University of Aruba, the Spanish Lagoon, and the Bubaliplas.
On Friday, 30 March, the Princess will a youth discussion at the University of Aruba which was organised by the Youth Parliament. Two propositions will be discussed during the debate, “Economics vs. Nature” and “Tourism vs. Identity.”
The 31st will have Her Royal Highness visiting the Bubaliplas. The Bubaliplas are a critical wetland for birds and biodiversity. She will also attend the official handover of the Spanish Lagoon to the National Park Arikok, where it will be better legally protected. The Dutch Royal House said in a press release yesterday, “Spanish Lagoon has a high degree of biodiversity and is internationally important because of the different species of flora and fauna.”
The next day, Beatrix will conclude her trip with a lunch hosted by the Governor of Aruba, Mr Alfonso Boekhoudt.
Further details of the working visit will be released in due course.
Princess Beatrix reigned as Queen of the Netherlands for 33 years before abdicating on 30 April 2013 in favour of her eldest son, Willem-Alexander. He is married to the Argentinean Queen Máxima, and they have three daughters that they have affectionately dubbed ‘The A-Team’. Their eldest, Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange was the first female heir apparent to assume the title in her own right since Mary of Baux-Orange did in 1417.