Dutch Royals: “Oranje” Princess Amalia in the Caribbean

The Dutch Crown Princess Amalia got to know the island of Bonaire during her first official visit to the Caribbean part of the kingdom. Residents and tourists enthusiastically welcomed the 19-year-old princess and her parents, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, to the island on Saturday. Among other things, they visited the historic slave huts, as reported by the ANP news agency.

Slave huts, mangroves and dance

The visit of the heir to the throne to the six Caribbean islands that make up the kingdom is a tradition. It is Amalia’s first official work visit. An important theme of this approximately two-week royal trip is the history of slavery. Slavery did not end in the Dutch colonies until 1873.

On the first day of the trip, the family also visited the mangrove forests and spoke to local residents about the threat posed to the island by climate change. Later, Amalia became acquainted with cultural traditions. The “Oranjes” also danced with the local population, as reported by Dutch television.

Threats against the heir to the throne

Amalia appeared in public for the first time in early November after threats last year. In September, it was revealed that organized crime threats had surfaced against Amalia. Her name is said to have been mentioned in connection with a possible kidnapping, the media reported. Personal security was then tightened.

Amalie is studying in Amsterdam, Princess Alexia (17) is attending boarding school in Wales and the youngest daughter Ariane (15) is going to high school in The Hague.