Story By: Ana Lacasa, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This is the moment the King of Spain rejects a broom handed to him by a volunteer helping clear up the debris left after the fatal flooding in Majorca.
The incident took place on Majorca in the Balearic Islands off the east coast of Spain, which recently experienced heavy flooding that killed 12 people, including a British couple.
The King was visiting some of the worst hit areas with his wife Queen Letizia where they praised the work of volunteers.
King Felipe congratulated them for the “capacity and solidarity of everyone who gathered there to help”.
Afterwards, he can be seen shaking volunteers’ hands when one of the men offered him a broom to help wit the clean up.
The volunteer, identified as Oscar Tarela, shared the video on social media showing the moment he is seen shaking hands with the king.
He told local media “I offered the broom to King Felipe, but he said no, he could not do that now.
“I went up to him to tell him that if he doesn’t help in one way, he can help in another. The only thing I wanted to achieve was for him to help people.
“I offered him my broom because shaking hands, for me at least, doesn’t help do anything.”
The video has been seen over 260,000 times and received hundreds of comments.
Spanish tennis star Rafa Nadal was praised by local media after videos of him sweeping up the streets in his wellies outside his house in the north of the island were shared online.
Picture Credits: CEN/Oscar Tarela