Oranges hit the dance floor when you visit Bonaire

The royal family’s visit to the Caribbean Netherlands has officially kicked off with one-day events that even include dancing. Princess Amalia, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima started their day in Bonaire yesterday with Edison Rijna, the island’s governor since 2014. It is the first official business trip for 19-year-old Amalia.

Oranges saw a significant part of Bonaire’s slave past with his own eyes. They visited the slave huts in Witte Pan, where enslaved people lived at the time. There they learned that today the younger generation dares to talk about it, whereas in the past it was often kept secret.

Climate change at the center of lunch

At lunch, the royal delegation spoke to Bonaire residents about agricultural development and poverty reduction, among other issues. Influencer Meralney Bomba was invited to dinner. The 31-year-old Bonairean draws attention to climate change, which could cause much of the island to be submerged in the future.

“It was an honor to be invited,” he later said. “The atmosphere was very relaxed and everyone was listening.”

For the rest of the day, the royal family learned about Bonair customs and Amalia seemed to have found her way. They tasted local specialties during their visit to the Nos Zjilea festival in the Mangazina di Rei cultural park. Amalia also helped make sandwiches from a secret family recipe, although she had forewarned that she was quite clumsy.

The Oranges entered the dance floor as the empty orchestra started the music. Amalia and her family joined the locals and danced together to the music:

After a few dance steps, another visit to Sorobon Bay was made. There they attended a windsurfing demonstration and toured the mangrove area. The trio discussed the protection of the coast with young rangers from the National Parks Foundation.

The day came to an end with the Taste of Bonaire event, where local dishes were included in the menu. King Willem-Alexander was delighted with Bon Ku Ne, a card game similar to bingo. Finally, Amalia and her family went to a concert, where they happily clapped and danced again.

Visiting the royal party lasts from January 27 to February 9. Today Willem-Alexander, Máxima and Amalia are free. After Bonaire they travel to Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba. There, too, much attention is paid to the history of slavery.

In this video, we explain what makes a trip more than a business visit:

Source: NOS