Shoes on the feet, in the water, through the mess. For example, King Philip and Queen Mathilde visited Pepinster on Friday afternoon, which was badly affected by the floods. They walked through the water on Rue Neuf, one of the hardest-hit streets, where King Philip and Queen Mathilde were able to see the force of the waters that devastated the municipality, causing twenty houses to collapse. They mingled with the victims, and there was no longer any question of royal distance. And there was talk: about what was lost, how the victims suffered from the disaster, how homes are now flooded. A young woman, for example, said, “We lost our seats, our computers. Our neighbors who have a garage, they lost everything too.” The royal couple showed themselves very concerned, but full of pity: “Désoléé madame,” for example, was the voice of Queen Mathilde, who was holding her husband’s arm tightly as she walked through the flooded streets.
It was the second day in a row that the King and Queen offered their condolences, as they had already visited Chudfontein on Thursday evening. “We were shocked by the scale of the disaster. “Our thoughts are with the victims, the families of the victims and all the evacuees,” the king said there. The king also wanted to thank the security services for their efforts in recent days.