Nov 11, 2023 at 12:20 Update: 2 minutes ago
Princess Beatrix enjoyed her visit to Curaçao and Aruba. Her past days were all about nature, history and initiatives that make life better on the islands.
The last part of her program took place in Aruba on Friday: a visit to the symposium of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance on the restoration of ecosystems on the islands. Beatrix is patroness of the alliance.
The symposium was held at the University of Aruba. The princess attended a panel discussion about the work being done to protect ecosystems in a natural way.
Beatrix visited various nature reserves and initiatives on Curaçao on Tuesday and Wednesday, which she last visited in 2021.
The princess visited a former plantation in the Christoffel Park, where more is now told about the history of slavery and dealing with nature, viewed a community garden where residents can grow their own fruit and vegetables, and walked through the nature reserves Rif St. Marie-Hermanus and Shete Boka.
Beatrix found the visit ‘as always extremely inspiring’
Beatrix hopes that her visit to Curaçao and Aruba was not her last to the Caribbean part of the Netherlands. She hopes to see the islands again soon, she said on Friday at the end of her trip.
“It is always nice here. When I am here, I am immediately completely happy,” said the 85-year-old princess at a meeting with the press. She finds the enthusiasm of the people on the islands “always extremely inspiring”. According to Beatrix, they “work very hard to keep it nice and good here”.
Large wave appears behind Princess Beatrix during visit to Curaçao
Image: ANP Photo
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