KING FELIPE of Spain is visiting a community devastated by flooding in Costa Blanca.
His Majesty the King will visit Orihuela tomorrow, Friday, October 4, to show his support to residents of the Vega Baja region affected by the floods that caused irreparable damage to thousands of homes, businesses and farmers.
Families have been displaced and many have lost their livelihoods after storms lashed the region in recent weeks leaving behind a trail of destruction.
The King´s visit will be an historic day for the community as it will be the first time Orihuela has ever had a royal visit.
During his visit the town will present King Felipe with the original flag of Orihuela which is the oldest flag known in Spain. They will be handing over the relic to ensure its safekeeping at the Royal Palace.
Orihuela´s Mayor Emilio Bascuñana encouraged neighbours to line the streets to welcome the king.
He said: “We have the opportunity to participate in an event unique to the history of Orihuela, since we are facing the first visit from his Majesty to our city.
“Therefore, I encourage you to go to the street to welcome the Kings of Spain, in gratitude for his interest in knowing the current situation of our city and our region.
“The visit will have another historical value added with the official ceremony of transfer of honours of the original Gloriosa Enseña of the Oriol to the hands of King Felipe VI, so that we can ensure maximum protection of what is our greatest sign of identity as Oriolanos.
“Let’s continue to show that the neighbours of Orihuela and the region of the Vega Baja we are brave and strong, that in the face of adversity. “
The Mayor also gave thanks to all the authorities that have cared for Orihuela after the floods in September.