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Royal couple visit UK’s flood victims July 27, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in The Royals.

The Prince of Wales has met victims of the recent flooding in one of the worst-affected towns.

The Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall met businesspeople and members of the public in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, which was completely surrounded by water at the height of the flooding. Hundreds of locals turned out in sunny weather to see the royal couple chat with residents in a street still partly underwater, and stop for a drink at a nearby pub.

John Fisher, whose house on New Street was knee-deep in water earlier this week, was impressed with the royal visit. “Anything to help the struggle we’re having is good news, and hopefully with his connections he might get them to look at flood barriers for New Street,” he said.

The swollen waters of the River Severn are only now beginning to subside enough to allow the clear-up operation to begin, and parts of Upton are still underwater. After inspecting flood-damaged homes, the Prince and Duchess visited a cafe, taking away some home-made chocolate cake. The shop owner, John Hutchinson, joked that he was thinking of putting a “by royal appointment” sign over the door.

At Ye Olde Anchor pub, where the 400-year-old main bar remains littered with grime and debris from the flooding, the Prince drank a glass of stout and chatted to landlord Jonathan Butler about locally sourced food. The pub underwent refurbishment shortly before the floodwaters came, and the management staged a street party on Sunday to keep spirits up while the main bar was underwater.

Six-year-old Charlie Harding, whose mother Kate jointly runs the Anchor, asked Prince Charles if he had a sword and shield. The Prince replied: “I left them in the helicopter, but I did slay a dragon.”

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