Aruban community invited to give the Royal family a warm welcome

ORANJESTAD - The Prime Minister of Aruba, Evelyn Wever-Croes recently met with the "Royal Visit Commission" to get an update on the ongoing preparations and the detailed schedule of events.

On January 30 and 31, 2023, the Dutch King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima, and Princess Amalia will visit Aruba. For this occasion, a welcome commission was installed to create a schedule of events for the Royals. "Great about this schedule is that it allows the community to greet the Royals from a close distance, and especially Princess Amalia, who is visiting Aruba for the first time", according to the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister of Aruba, Evelyn Wever-Croes  meets with the ‘Royal Visit Commission’.Mrs. Nicole Hoevertsz, who leads the Royal Visit 2023 commission, emphasized the unique opportunities at the various locations for the community to see the Royal family and greet them from a close distance.

Schedule of events Royal visit:

Prime Minister of Aruba, Evelyn Wever-Croes  meets with the ‘Royal Visit Commission’.On January 30, 2023, the King, Queen, and Princess will arrive in Aruba and head straight from the Airport to Wilhelmina Park, where they will receive a welcome with a protocol ceremony and guard of honor by the Dutch Marines and Arumil. It is an open event, and school children and the entire community are welcome to attend and give the Royal family a warm Aruban welcome.

From Wilhelmina Park, the Royals will walk to the ceremonial residence of the Governor for a short meeting, followed by a visit to the Parliament of Aruba. Along this route, there will be a musical presentation by Pierewietje at the Shon A. Eman Plaza, while the Leerorkest will perform in front of the Shon Henny Eman Plaza for the Royal family and spectators. After these presentations, the Royal family will walk to the government building, where they will meet with the Council of Ministers to talk about the developments of Aruba. Here the Royals and spectators will be entertained by C-Pop (Caribbean Pop Academy) directed by Edselyn Figaroa.

After the meeting with the Council of Ministers, the Royal family will retreat to rest and prepare for the visit to San Nicolas.

Prime Minister of Aruba, Evelyn Wever-Croes  meets with the ‘Royal Visit Commission’.In San Nicolas, the Royal family will visit Filomena College to see the Boy Ecury exposition. From there, they will walk through the streets of San Nicolas towards the museum, enjoying the murals along the route. Their last stop in San Nicolas will be at the Nicolaas Store, where they will attend an art presentation, music, and dance for everyone. The community is welcome to these events and greets the Royal family as they walk by.

Prime Minister of Aruba, Evelyn Wever-Croes  meets with the ‘Royal Visit Commission’.On the second day of their visit, the King, Queen, and Princess have private events scheduled in the morning hours. In the afternoon, the community is invited to the Plaza Padu, located behind the Cocolishi building, for the Bon Bini Festival. For this occasion, the Bon Bini Festival will be held on the entire plaza and will include a variety of presentations so that they can gain more knowledge about Aruba. From the Plaza Padu, they will walk to Fort Zoutman to see part of the original Bon Bini Festival. At the end of this visit, they will be delighted with Brass band music on their way out and formally end their visit to Aruba.

On February 1, in the morning hours, the King, Queen, and Princess will depart for Curacao.

The King, Queen, and Princess expressed their desire to meet with the community and experience typical Aruban things. Based on these requests, the Royal Visit Commission and the Government of Aruba put this schedule together and cordially invite the entire community to bring their children to see and greet the Royal Family. “Let's show them the cordiality that we all know in Aruba and give them a warm welcome," the Prime Minister stated.

Prime Minister Wever-Croes is very grateful to the Royal Visit Commission for their outstanding work. In the upcoming days, they will d a general rehearsal for the Royal visit to go flawlessly.

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