The Royal Dutch Couple To Visit Brooks!

Fri, 05/08/2015

On June 3, 2015, the King and Queen of the Netherlands will be at Brooks, as part of a trip to celebrate Holland's liberation in World War II. The area where Brooks sits was first settled by Dutch Farmers, and the Royal Couple will participate in a seminar on healthy foods and lifestyles. Below find the official press release for the visit:

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima will make an official visit to the United States June 1-3. The Royal Couple will travel to Washington, D.C., Grand Rapids and Chicago. The King and Queen will meet President Barack Obama at the White House. The King and Queen will be accompanied Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders.

The visit will highlight the big contribution of the United States to the liberation of the Netherlands. In 2015, the Netherlands will celebrate 70 years of liberation. The visit is an opportunity to thank the USA for its role in 70 years of peace and freedom in the Netherlands and Europe.

An economic mission will be travelling to the USA at the same time. Themes for the mission are “Feeding the City” and “Healthy Aging.” Companies in the agrifood, agriculture and horticulture sectors are joining the visit, as well as entrepreneurs in the life sciences and health, chemical and high-tech systems, and materials. Edith Schippers, Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports, will lead the mission to Chicago. 

Monday, June 1

The visit to the United States will start Monday morning at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington, D.C., where the King and Queen will remember the fallen. King Willem-Alexander will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. American veterans who fought for the liberation of the Netherlands will be present for the ceremony.

The Royal Couple will then visit the White House to meet President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

In the afternoon, the Royal Couple will be part of a roundtable on sustainable development and best practices from the Caribbean small islands, including the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The event will take place at the WorldBank.

The King and Queen will also visit an event on sustainable and innovative city planning. The US National Institute for Standards and Technology organizes this Global City Team Challenge Event. About 30 Smart City Projects will show technologies and developments that will make cities more liveable. An international cooperation among Amsterdam, the Hague, and several US and Asian cities, will be presented. The Royal Couple will look at a few of the Dutch and American projects that will be showcased.

The Royal Couple will then visit Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional leaders, join a reception with the Committee for Foreign Affairs, and meet with the Dutch Caucus.

In the evening, the King and Queen will dine with Minister Koenders at Dutch Ambassador Rudolf Bekink’s residence to speak with policymakers and think tanks about security and economic issues.

Tuesday, June 2   

On Tuesday morning, the Royal Couple will fly to Grand Rapids, Michigan, an area where a lot of Dutch pioneers settled. At Gerald Ford Airport, the Royal Couple will be greeted by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who will host the visit. A youth choir will welcome the King and Queen.

The Governor will offer the Royal Couple a reception and lunch at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The King will deliver a speech.

After lunch, the King and Queen will walk through the garden and plant a tree to commemorate their visit and unveil a plaque, dedicated to volunteers. They will meet briefly with the Dutch community from the towns of Grand Rapids, Holland and Zeeland in the amphitheater of the garden.

The King and Queen will then continue their visit to Grand Rapids at the Helen de Vos Children’s Hospital on the Medical Mile. The Royal Couple will tour the hospital, which specializes in oncology. They will also visit the Van Andel Research Institute, which specializes in neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s. The Couple will hear about the ongoing cooperation with Dutch institutes and hospitals like the ParkinsonNet care network of the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen. They will also connect with the Dutch-American families, such as the Meijers, the De Voses and the Van Andels.

In the late afternoon, the Royal Couple will leave for Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel will welcome the Couple at the Chicago Cultural Center. After a reception, there will be a business dinner where 100 Dutch companies will meet with their American partners. The King will deliver a speech during the dinner. 

Wednesday, June 3

On Wednesday morning, the Royal Couple will visit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the most important institute in the USA when it comes to motor-skills challenges, brain damage and paralysis. The RIC also treats veterans. The Royal Couple will talk to patients who can move again thanks to advanced technologies and prosthetics. Afterwards, the King and Queen participate in a seminar where Dutch and American partners will connect through new cooperation’s.

At the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, the King and Queen will participate in an event with the Dutch economic mission on Healthy Aging. Northwestern University will show the King and Queen and the Dutch participants cutting-edge innovations. A number of Dutch researchers will be offered a adjunct position at Northwestern University.

Urban farming, the growing of plants in a greenhouse to distribute locally, is gaining popularity in the US. The King and Queen will tour Gotham Greens Rooftop. This greenhouse, the biggest in North America, is on top of a factory to save energy and land. Climate control in the greenhouse is taken care of by Dutch company Hortimax. The seeds come from companies like Rijk Zwaan and the biological control is arranged for by Dutch company Coppert.

The King and Queen will then join the concluding session of a seminar on horticulture and agribusiness with the theme: Feeding the City & Healthier Foods. The seminar will take place at Gwendolyn Brooks Preperatory College. The Royal Couple will tour the school and see student presentations about healthy lifestyle, among other topics.

The King and Queen will conclude their visit with an urban picnic where they will meet community organizations from the Pullman District. They will inform the King and Queen about Chicago’s plans to revitalize challenged neighborhoods.

More information:

Netherlands Embassy Washington, Ilse van Overveld,, tel. +1-202-413-5020

Press office of the King

tel. 011 31 70 – 3564142