Princess Beatrix to visit Aruba’s national park

THE HAGUE–Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands will pay a working visit to Aruba’s national park Arikok from March 30 to April 1, it was announced by the Dutch Government Information Service RVD on Monday.

The former Queen will visit Aruba on the invitation of the National Park Arikok, which is part of the Dutch Caribbean National Alliance DCA. Princess Beatrix is patron of the DCA which has affiliate organisations on all of the Dutch Caribbean islands. During her stay in Aruba, she will also visit the Spanish Lagoon, the Bubali Pond and the University of Aruba.


On March 30, Princess Beatrix will be present at a youth debate at the University of Aruba, organised by the Aruba Youth Parliament. The youngsters will debate on two positions: economy versus nature and tourism versus identity.

On March 31, the Princess will attend the official transfer of the Spanish Lagoon to the National Park Arikok. This transfer will secure a better legal protection of the lagoon which is considered a vital natural habitat with a high biodiversity and of great importance due to the large number of flora and fauna.

That same day, she will visit the Bubali Pond, an important wetland area for birds and biodiversity. She will also attend a seminar of the National Park Arikok. Her visit will end on April 1 with a lunch offered by Aruba Governor Alfonso Boekhoudt.

Source: The Daily Herald