Editorial: Opposite direction (Countries in the Dutch Kingdom yearn for total indepence while the younger generation heads for togetherness.)POSTED: 05/23/14 9:13 PM
When Princess Beatrix leaves Sint Maarten this afternoon, her departure will truly mark the end of an era. Given the princess’s age (76) chances are slim that she will visit our country again in the future, no matter how very welcome she is here.
The visit must have left an impression on the young people who came in contact with her during the past couple of days. One young boy, who had the opportunity to play the piano for the royal visitor in Belvedere on Tuesday, said proudly that this had been the best day of his life.
This shows that the often criticized but immensely popular royal family has a quality that brings people together. For the future of the Kingdom, Beatrix’s presence at the opening of the Kingdom Youth Parliament was therefore an enormous boon.
The participants in the youth parliament seemed to stand squarely behind a concept of togetherness. That is something to keep in mind as St. Maarten and the other autonomous countries in the Kingdom continue on their road to maturity. Further down that road, some expect to find complete independence, but the young generation seems to be heading in the opposite direction.