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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Mayor Goebel and Visiting Royalty

In 1952 I had the unusual opportunity of assisting Ted Booth, Chairman of the Mayor’s Welcoming Committee for planning the reception for the reigning monarch, Her Majesty Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands and His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard. It was also a thrill to be in attendance at the royal luncheon at the Pantlind Hotel as one of the 250 selected citizens. The menu for this affair was unusual and fascinating. Two years after this eloquent affair, Mr. Wichers, Director of the Netherlands Information Service and Consul John Steketee invited the Mayor and his Welcoming Committee to a luncheon at the Peninsular Club where we were all presented with a delft tile done in five colors which a crown and three lions in gold, and the motto of the House of Orange, “Je Maintendra” inscribed thereon. This is a replica of the royal coat of arms. “Royal Visit of H.M. Queen Juliana and H.R.H. the Prince of the Netherlands April 1952” is printed on the tile.

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