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    Thumbs up Dutch Royal couple to visit Aruba Nov 20 and 21. Try to get a good spot to view!



    Aruba is invited to give the Dutch Royal couple a warm welcome!

    On 7 Nov, 2013 At 07:44 PM | Categorized As Local | With 0 Comments


    ORANJESTAD — Aruba is preparing for the very first visit of His Royal Highness King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima on the 20th and 21st of November. There is a tremendous spirit of enthusiasm for this visit in view of the great love and appreciation the people of Aruba feels for the Royal House. Two years ago the Royal couple was here together with Queen Beatrix and they impressed us with their graciousness and love for our people.
    For this first official visit, in consultancy with the King’s staff events were chosen where traditional ceremonies will be combined with events where the Royal couple can get acquainted with Aruba and its people. They also showed interest in learning of Aruba’s future plans and also how Aruba wishes to sustain the King in his work; this was reported in a message posted on the website of Governor Refunjol: www.bishitareal2013.aw.
    In the program to be presented to the Royal couple it is interesting to see that each generation – children, young people, adults and senior citizens play a role during the visit making it possible for the King to get and know each generation. One of the Royal couple’s wishes was to really be visible to the public as much as possible.
    This is why two big events are being organized where the general public can be present. The first such event will be on November 20th in front of City Hall. Here all schools are invited for this event from 10:00 in the morning. King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima will arrive while a choir will be singing in their honor. They will pass in front of the general public, who will be able to get a close look, after which they will go to the Governor’s Office.
    They will then return to the Parliament for a half hour visit and after they leave to visit the new Cocolishi Building where they will meet our government officials. They will then bid goodbye to the general public as they walk back to their automobile.
    The Governor extends an invitation to all who can come out and salute the Royal couple in front of the City Hall building, showing them a warm welcome and making them feel at home on our beautiful island Aruba.
    The second event will be a public concert to take place at the ruins of Bushiribana. This promises to be a tremendous evening with presentations by our local artists as well as artists from Holland who have a relationship with Aruba. This concert is for the entire island.
    In this concert we will experience video mapping and the use of modern technology.
    The Commission preparing for this royal visit extends a cordial invitation to the entire island to come out and be present for these great public events. Young people are invited to participate in the Exposition organized for the “Show the King” event. Visit Facebook or their website for the details at www.bishitareal2013.aw. The deadline for participation registration is November 11th.






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    really....if you are on island and like this kind of an event...make a point of getting in the viewing area.
    it will be very crowded.


    About 12+/- years ago, Paul, Kevin and I got caught up in a traffic jam out in front of LeDome. (LeDome is now gone, but it was a very nice and popular and delicious restaurant on Eagle Beach near La Quinta) Well it was the Prince and Princess (now king/queen) who were just recently married! They were coming out of LeDome Restaurant after having lunch. It was a mob scene with tons of security.
    We pulled our car onto the shoulder of the road, got out to watch. Dear son wandered up close to the couple to get a better look...he was a teen (he is now 28), was able to shake both of their hands and have a 90 second conversation with the prince about night SCUBA dives and a wreck called the Jane Sea. Dear son was very impressed with the very friendly and very laid back prince. Kevin acted like it was no big deal, but to this day I am still amazed that he had a conversation with "a prince and princess". Everytime I bring it up Kevin says "forget it mom, it was a non event" argh...kids!

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    Cool...we will be there....will try to talk Dh into going if not the first event maybe the 2nd !!!!
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    I wonder where they are staying? Last visit didn't Queen Beatrix stay at the Radisson.

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    Yes
    and the time yes ago when the prince and princess were there as a newly married couple they stayed at TDS
    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    I wonder where they are staying? Last visit didn't Queen Beatrix stay at the Radisson.

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    The energy of the island must be amazing right now
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    you betcha. i wish that i was there. i am scanning the daily newspapers but there are no photos of any of the festivities yet. did u see that they painted the bushibiri gold mine ruins in honor?
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    The energy of the island must be amazing right now

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    Has anyone seen pictures? I'm a little afraid of painting it. lol Not that I have anything to say about it.....but I fear the natural beauty would be compromised.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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