First Dutch Monarchs in West Michigan in More than 30 Years
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima touched down at Gerald R. Ford International Airport shortly before 10:30 a.m. today to become the first Dutch monarchs in West Michigan in more than 30 years.
Sixth-graders from Ada Christian School, where the daughter of Paulus Heule, the honorary Dutch consul for West Michigan, is a student, greeted the Dutch royals with a Dutch-language song they’ve been learning for the past two months. The king and queen then left along with Gov. Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell in a 13-vehicle motorcade headed for Frederik Meijer Gardens.