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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – 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.