updateKing Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima paid an unannounced visit to Valkenburg today. The royal couple traveled to South Limburg to see how residents and entrepreneurs are doing, almost a year after the major flooding that hit the city.
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The royal couple had promised to return to Valkenburg last year and kept their word. Together with mayor Daan Prevoo, Willem-Alexander and Máxima visited Ferry Philippi’s lunchroom in the center of the city. “I had to reserve a table for three people in the name of the municipality of Valkenburg,” Philippi tells regional broadcaster L1. “Mayor Prevoo ate a sandwich, the queen a vegan salad and the king bacon and egg.”
The king paid the bill himself, says Philippi, who also spoke briefly with his distinguished visitor. A little further on, the group reached a terrace, where Willem-Alexander enjoyed a beer in the sun. Meanwhile, the king and queen heard the stories of the Limburgers.
Willem-Alexander and Máxima also walked into a flower shop, where they spoke briefly with the owners, Joris and Yvonne Ruland. ,,They were so wonderfully Dutch normal”, they said to The Limburger.
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In mid-July last year, Valkenburg had to deal with flooding after heavy rainfall. Willem-Alexander and Máxima then also went to the city to see the damage with their own eyes. They took a walk through the flooded area in boots and spoke with entrepreneurs, residents and aid workers.
At the time, an enormous amount of rain fell in the south of Limburg in two days, causing rivers and other waterways to burst their banks. Valkenburg was the worst affected place. Nearly 200 millimeters of rain fell there in a short time.
Mayor Prevoo spoke of an ‘extraordinary involvement’ of the royal couple after the visit. ,,They have had impressive and special conversations, just on a terrace in the city. Heart warming.”
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