King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima today brought many smiles to the faces of those on Bonaire, as they graciously toured Dia di Rincon. The Royal Couple’s arrival opened the event for all to enjoy. View images of the Royal Visit below.
Upon arrival, the Dutch national anthem was played as the flag was raised, and then it was the time for Bonaire’s anthem and flag along with the flag of Rincon. Speeches by Bonaire’s Lt. Governor, the Honorable Edison Rijna, and Mr. Francisco “Bubuchi” Janga, president of the organizing committee of Dia di Rincon, welcomed the King and Queen. It seems that being royal doesn’t preclude one from selfies–press watched with big grins on their faces, while our King took a selfie of himself and Queen Maxima.
Then, the winners of Krioyo Rincon, an annual singing competition for children and adults, performed their songs. Each year’s songs are sung in Papiamentu, with winners in the children’s division and adult’s division, providing ample entertainment. Folkloric dancers kept the King’s foot beating in time to the rhythm of their dances.
At the end of the opening ceremony, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were escorted on stage to receive gifts from Fundashon Deporte i Cultura, Bonaire’s Foundation for Sports and Culture.
Bonaire is well known for its local food items, and Dia di Rincon always provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy such treats. The Royal Couple then visited several stands where they could try out some of Bonaire’s favorites–Sopi Kabritu (goat soup), Pan di Fornu (bread cooked in a clay oven), Arepa di Pampuna (pumpkin pancakes), Rincon Macaron (coconut cakes), Rincon punch, Mango Delights, and Tart Rincon (a pastry with prunes).
Afterward, the King and Queen visited the Chi Chi ‘Tan Museum, enjoying a guided tour through the museum which houses traditional musical instruments. In the garden of the museum, they received instruction in the intricacies of tying the local Antillean traditional head-dress.
The Royal Couple also made visits during the day to the Cocari Foundation–a daycare foundation for the elderly, the Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation (BYOF), a participant in Opportunities for Youth Caribbean, and Krusada Foundation, which is a substance abuse facility supporting people on Bonaire who desire a second chance at life. The foundation is firmly rooted in the local community and provides a path to personal and socio-economic recovery. Krusada Foundation has won the Appeltje of Orange award in 2015. On Thursday, May 21, Queen Maxima will present this award at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague.
(Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)