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Dutch queen wraps up 10-day visit to Caribbean

Dutch queen wraps up 10-day visit to Caribbean

Dutch Queen Beatrix has wrapped up a 10-day visit to the Dutch Caribbean.
It was the monarch's first visit since the islands received greater autonomy within the Dutch kingdom as a result of the breakup of the Netherlands Antilles last year.
At a Sunday news conference in St. Maarten, Beatrix said she was pleased to see "how the people are working hand in hand to make something out of" since receiving their new status, which was largely symbolic because the five Dutch islands had been largely self-governing for decades.
The 73-year-old queen remains head of state and the islands' people are Dutch nationals, with Dutch passports.
Beatrix is traveling with Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima.


Updated : 2021-08-01 19:46 GMT+08:00