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Netherlands King Willem-Alexander, queen visiting Grand Rapids as part of multi-day US tour

  • Dutch King Willem-Alexander speaks to the media as he and Dutch Queen Maxima meet with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2015. Their visit reinforces the strong and enduring ties between the United States and the Netherlands that reach back more than 400 years. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Dutch King Willem-Alexander speaks to the media as he and Dutch Queen Maxima meet with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2015. Their visit reinforces the strong and enduring ties between the United States and the Netherlands that reach back more than 400 years. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dutch Queen Maxima smiles as she joins Dutch King Willem-Alexander and President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2015. Their visit reinforces the strong and enduring ties between the United States and the Netherlands that reach back more than 400 years. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Dutch Queen Maxima smiles as she joins Dutch King Willem-Alexander and President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2015. Their visit reinforces the strong and enduring ties between the United States and the Netherlands that reach back more than 400 years. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  (The Associated Press)

  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with the Dutch King Willem-Alexander, accompanied by Queen Maxima, meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2015. Their visit reinforces the strong and enduring ties between the U.S. and the Netherlands that reach back more than 400 years. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with the Dutch King Willem-Alexander, accompanied by Queen Maxima, meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2015. Their visit reinforces the strong and enduring ties between the U.S. and the Netherlands that reach back more than 400 years. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  (The Associated Press)

The king of the Netherlands and his wife have arrived in western Michigan as part of their multi-day trip to the U.S.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima landed in Grand Rapids on Tuesday morning and planned to attend events at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and the Van Andel Research Institute.

Plans call for a luncheon with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and visits with local leaders. The king and queen leave Tuesday afternoon for Chicago.

The visit celebrates the bond between the Netherlands and Michigan. Communities such as Holland, Michigan, are known for their Dutch heritage. And officials say the state has 481,000 people of Dutch ancestry, out or 4.5 million nationwide.

It's Willem-Alexander's first official U.S. visit since becoming king in 2013.