Opinion: The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance’s Friendship Bond – By Len Port
Posted September 18, 2022.
For a fully independent republic like Portugal to officially declare a three-day period of national mourning for a foreign monarch is remarkable, but such is the respect for the late Queen Elizabeth II and that country’s centuries of close ties to Great Britain. Brittany.
Mourning here overlaps with the funeral in London on Monday attended by Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa among many other heads of state.
Under the Treaty of Windsor
as early as 1386, Portugal and Britain forged a bond of friendship known as the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance. It was centuries before the two maritime nations located at the western end of the European continent created, without any conflict between them, separate empires around the world. The covenant is still in effect today.
The last monarch of Portugal was Dom Manuel ll. His reign ended with the October Revolution in 1910. Manuel lived the last two decades of his life in exile in Twickenham, England.
In 1932, the year of Manuel’s death, the then British monarch, King George V, spoke to his people for the first time on the radio. He wished them a Merry Christmas in a speech composed by legendary writer Rudyard Kipling.George V’s granddaughter, Elizabeth, was only six at the time. His coronation in 1952 was broadcast live on television channels and it would have been the major event that established television as the mainstream medium in Britain. She has totally dominated him day and night since his death on Thursday 8 e
September. Queen Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, have made two state visits to Portugal. The first was in 1957 during the State Novo dictatorship of António Oliveira Salazar. The second was in 1985 when crowds in the port city of Setubal cheered and chanted “Viva a Rainha”
before the royal couple set off on a four-day tour of Lisbon, Porto and Evora in the Alentejo.Prince Charles visited Portugal with his wife Princess Diana in 1987. They attended a memorial service marking the 600 e
anniversary of the marriage of the King of Portugal Dom João l with Philippa of Lancaster, daughter of John of Gaunt of England. This coincided with the Treaty of Windsor alliance of 1387. Prince Charles made another visit, this time in 2011 with his current wife, Camilla, now wife of the new king.
With the easing of the COVID pandemic, the number of British holidaymakers in Portugal has increased again. Currently, over 46,000 British citizens are registered as living in Portugal, the second highest number of expatriates after those from the former Portuguese colony of Brazil. The number of Portuguese nationals residing in the United Kingdom in 2020 was estimated at around 270,000. Seal the
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—————— LPPort of Len
is a journalist and author. Born in Ireland, his first written pieces were published while working at the Natural History Museum in London. Since th en he has worked as a journalist, mainly in Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Portugal. As well as reporting on current affairs for some of the world’s leading news outlets, he has produced countless feature articles on all sorts of topics for a range of publications. Now living in southern Portugal, her books include travel guides and children’s stories. His ebooks – People in a special place and The Fatima Phenomenon – Divine Grace, Illusion or Pious Fraud?
are available on Amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. His blog posts can be viewed at algarvenewswatch.blogspot.com