Danish Crown Prince and Princess Visit Grand View

It was 70 years ago, in 1939, when the reigning Crown Prince of Denmark last came to Grand View. On March 24, his grandson repeated the royal visit.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth were on an eight-day U.S. tour to build cultural and historical ties between Denmark and the United States and learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency. They also visited Dana College in Blair, Neb., the only other college or university in the U.S. founded by Danish immigrants. Later they attended an energy and climate conference in Chicago, toured a wind energy facility in Colorado, and appeared at the annual gala dinner of the American Scandinavian Foundation in New York.

On the Grand View campus they were greeted by more than 100 well-wishers, some waving Danish flags. They began their tour in the historic Humphrey Center, with its many photos of the early days of Grand View, then moved on to the new Rasmussen Center. The Crown Prince and Princess were accompanied by Jeppe Ritz, a GV student and soccer player from Denmark, who was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet them.

After touring the new Art & Design facilities, the Crown Prince and Princess attended a brief reception, where Crown Prince Frederik greeted the assembled crowd with his observations about Grand View and the strong ties between Denmark and the U.S. To read the text of his remarks, please click HERE.

For more photos and a video of the visit to Grand View, please click HERE. To read the article that appeared in the Des Moines Register, click HERE. You might also want to take a look at the latest edition of The Grand Views.

It was an exciting and historic event on campus!

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