The Dutch Crown Princess Amalia recognized the island of Bonaire during her first official visit to the Caribbean part of the kingdom. On Saturday, island residents and tourists enthusiastically welcomed the 19-year-old princess and her family, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. They visited, among other things, historic slave huts, the ANP news agency reported.

Slave huts, mangroves and dancing

It is customary for the heir to the throne to visit the six Caribbean islands that make up the kingdom. This is Amalia’s first official business visit. An important theme of this royal tour of nearly two weeks is the history of slavery. Slavery in the Dutch colonies did not end until 1873.

On the first day of the trip, the family also visited the mangrove forests and spoke with local residents about the threat climate change poses to the island. Amalia later became acquainted with cultural traditions. The “Oranges” also danced with the locals, Dutch television reported.

Threats to the heir to the throne

Amalia made her first public appearance in early November after the threats last year. In September, threats of organized crime against Amalia surfaced. According to media reports, his name is said to have been mentioned in connection with a possible kidnapping. Personal security was later tightened.

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