Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2013

Dutch Monarchs start Caribbean tour in Sint Maarten

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima arrive at the Nieuwe Kerk church in AmsterdamDUTCH KINGDOM – King Willem-Alexander and Máxima Queen will start mid-November with their tour to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. They will visit all six islands between 12 and 21 November. This was reported by the State Information Department.  For Willem-Alexander and Máxima it is the first visit to the Caribbean since the change of rule on  April 30 this year. The visit begins in St. Maarten, followed by Saba, St. Eustatius, Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.

The objective of the visit is for the people on the islands to have the opportunity to see and meet the King and Queen. The Governors of the countries Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten have been asked to put together a program for this royal visit. The governments of the three islands of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius constituting Caribbean Netherlands were also asked to prepare a program for the King and Queen. The Royal couple will be accompanied by Minister Ronald Plasterk of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

The schedule of the visit is as follows (subject to possible changes):

- November 12: Arrival in St. Maarten

- November 13: Visit to St. Maarten

- November 14: visit to Saba

- November 15: Visit to St. Eustatius

- November 16: visit to Bonaire

- November 17: Private

- 18 and Tuesday, November 19th: visit to Curacao

- 20 and Thursday, November 21: Visit to Aruba

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