After a day of rest, there are plenty of activities planned for Princess Amalia, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The group will arrive in Aruba local time on Monday morning. The country is the second destination for the oranges during Princess Amalia’s introductory trip to the Caribbean part of the kingdom.
Planning to start the day is full of formal meetings. Monday morning will begin with a welcome party at Wilhelminaplein, followed by a meeting with Governor Alfonso Bochodt, the Cabinet, Prime Minister Evelyn Weaver Cross and the States: Representing the people of Aruba.
Later in the day, formal meetings give way to a part of Aruba culture. In the city of San Nicolas, a high school show is about Boy Ecury, the Aruban-Dutch resistance hero. Afterwards, Amalia and the royal couple stroll through the many murals, visit the Museum of Industry, and there’s a street show that includes breakdancing, spoken word, and carnivals by the youngsters.
Preparations for the royal visit were already in full swing in Aruba on Sunday. Dutch flags were flying, artists’ final rehearsals echoed through the streets, and hotels informed their guests that part of the city had been closed off during the visit on January 30 and 31.
From January 27 to February 9, 19-year-old Princess Amalia will be presented to the Caribbean part of the Netherlands as heir to the throne. The Princess and her parents have started their Bonaire Journey and will be heading from there to Aruba. This is followed by Curaçao, St. Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba. About 107,000 people live in Aruba. Country – Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten are countries, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba are special municipalities – making it the island with the largest population after Curaçao. More than 150 thousand people live in Curaçao.
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