Opportunity to submit nominations for Royal Dutch Recognitions

ORANJESTAD - As it was the case in previous years, it will be once more possible as of  May 5th, to nominate persons to be eligible for a royal decoration, popularly said, to be decorated with a “ribbon” for the celebration of King's Day 2023.

Everywhere in Aruba people are committed to the Aruban community. Very often they do that in all silence and in the background, but these people should be put in the spotlight. Someone can earn a ribbon if there are special personal merits for society.

This can be voluntary work, but also a special interpretation of a paid main position or a combination of both.

These are volunteers who have selflessly committed themselves to organizations for 15 years or more, groups, neighborhoods or individuals in, for example, sports, art, culture, religion, nature, the social field, youth work, care for the elderly, public order and safety, etc.

Someone who delivers exceptional performance on the job may also qualify.

In such a case, it concerns a special and exceptional merit in the work that goes considerably beyond what may normally be expected and of which society benefits.

In case you know such a person, you can nominate this person to be nominated by means of a Royal recognition to receive the special honor. Such a nomination can be submitted by anyone, also by organizations or authorities. All proposals must be submitted in writing by means of two special forms. These forms with the associated instructions and explanation are available from May 5th 2022 available during office hours at the desk of the Administrative Office in Oranjestad and San Nicolas, at all MFAs or with the members of the Aruba Decoration Committee.

The forms are also available on the government’s website: www.overheid.aw, www.gobierno.aw, www.government.aw


In Aruba, the Aruba Decoration Committee is charged with processing the nominations and with the associated research. The nominations will be sent to the Netherlands via the official channels where they are processed by the Dutch Chapter for the Civil Orders.

In order to properly assess the merits of the nominee, it is of great importance that all requested information is provided as complete and comprehensive as possible. The forms must be completed in full and signed and the nomination must be well substantiated.

The Decoration Committee Aruba emphasizes that the Royal award should be a surprise for the person concerned. It is therefore extremely important not to inform the nominated candidate of the nomination and not to be involved in filling in the forms. This also prevents disappointments in case the nominated is not awarded.

The deadline for submission of nominations for a Royal recognition for the year 2023 is July 25, 2022Incomplete proposals and proposals submitted after this date can unfortunately not be processed. Both the Decoration Committee Aruba as the Dutch Chapter for the Civil Orders take only complete and submissions received in time under consideration.

The nominations must be handed in, in a sealed envelope at the reception desk of the Administrative office in Oranjestad. The envelope is addressed to the Aruba Decoration Committee, c/a Office of the Minister of General Affairs, L.G. Smith Boulevard 76, Oranjestad, Aruba.

The Decoration Committee Aruba is very pleased that many nominations are received every year and hopes that there will be many people from the Aruban community to be recognized with the special ribbon during the King’s Day celebration in 2023, for the important work they do for the community.

If you have any questions or want additional information, please contact one of the members of the Aruba Decoration Committee:

       mrs. F. Perez-Lopez (tel 583-8425)
       mr. V. Frank (tel. 587-4979)
       mrs. N. Anthony (mobile 593-1921)
       mrs. I. Nicholas-Ras (tel. 584-8880)
       mrs. R. Garrido (mobile 593-1820)
       mr. D. Figaroa (mobile 741-0100)

You can also contact the committee via the email address condeco.aruba@gmail.com

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