King Philippe of the Belgians has stopped off to buy a bouquet for his queen as he visited a market to find out how they are coping as restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic are lifted.
King Philippe chose red roses for Queen Mathilde, telling the stallholder that the blooms were for his wife. The stop at the flower stall came as Philippe spent some time at the market in Wavre which has recently begun trading again after coronavirus restrictions were relaxed. The King of the Belgians spoke to traders to find out how the pandemic had impacted them and how they were coping now that business had started up again.
It was part of a morning of visits focused on the retail and hospitality sector. King Philippe held a meeting with cafe and restaurant owners and representatives to discuss the current situation and what they hoped for in the future. He then headed to the market before enjoying a stop at a terrace cafe.
The visit is part of a busy few days for Belgium’s royals as they continue to show their support for those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic. King Philippe recently visited the National Crisis Centre to hear more about their work during the pandemic while Queen Mathilde has spent time supporting those helping vulnerable children.