Visit Princess Beatrix to Aruba

ORANJESTAD - On Thursday morning, November 9, 2023, Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes, Governor of Aruba, H.E. Alfonso Boekhoudt, and Mrs. Hellen van der Wal of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) welcomed H.R.H. Princess Beatrix upon her arrival in Aruba.

Princess Beatrix is on a visit to Aruba upon the invitation of DCNA. During her stay, Princess Beatrix visited Neptali Henriquez Park, where she received a warm welcome from students of Reina Beatrix School and Sint Paulus School. At Neptali Park, Mr. Dave Ensber-Kleijkers, Director of the Jantje Beton Foundation, Mr. Daniel Tecklenborg, Director of CEDE Aruba, and Mr. Roy Mezas of the Neptali Henriquez Foundation guided Princess Beatrix through the playground. The President of Jantje Beton and Princess Beatrix presented a cheque of 1.5 million Euros to invest in two new playgrounds in Aruba.

Arrival Princess Beatrix in ArubaPrincess Beatrix visits project of the Parke Nacional Arikok regarding the reintroduction of the Lora in Aruba.After Neptali Park, Princess Beatrix visited Telefon pa Hubentud, where she received a comprehensive explanation of the crucial work of Telefon pa Hubentud and had the honor of unveiling the organization's new logo.

On Thursday afternoon, Princess Beatrix visited Spaans Lagoen (Rooi Taki), an area under the protection of Arikok National Park. Tyson Lopez, CEO of the Arikok National Park Foundation, received Princess Beatrix and provided an extensive explanation of the maintenance of mangroves, conservation of owls, and preservation of corals in the marine park.

On Friday morning, Princess Beatrix visited Parke Nacional Arikok. Here, FPNA started a project to reintroduce the yellow-winged Amazon (Lora), which is extinct on Aruba, into the wild. On Friday afternoon, Princess Beatrix attended a congress at the University of Aruba, organized by DCNA, on the theme of nature.

Despite the informal nature of Princess Beatrix's visit, she received a warm welcome. Princess Beatrix expressed her joy of returning to Aruba after six years and noted the significant developments that have taken place.

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