Portugal declares three days of mourning

National mourning in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

Portugal declares three days of mourning
King Charles III stands vigil beside the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, as it lies in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall yesterday

The Government has approved, this Thursday, a decree declaring national mourning for three days in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last Thursday.

The Council of Ministers, in representation of the Portuguese government, this Thursday approved a decree declaring three days of national mourning for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, to take place on September 18th, 19th and 20th.

The prepared statement announcing the three days of mourning from the Council of Ministers reads

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland profoundly marked the second half of the 20th century and the first quarter of the 21st century”.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland profoundly marked the second half of the 20th century and the first quarter of the 21st century. Thus, in this moment of a long and deep mourning for our oldest ally, the Government acquiesces to declare national mourning on the 18th, 19th and 20th of September 2022,”

The Council of Ministers announcement

The statement follows remarks by the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, expressing his “most heartfelt and sincere condolences” on the death of the Queen, praising her as an “example to all of courage, dedication, stability and an unwavering sense of public service, as she was throughout her more than 96 years of life and 70 years of reign.”

“It is with deep sadness and immense sorrow that I learnt of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. At this time of mourning and grief, I offer Your Majesty and the entire royal family, as well as all the British people, on behalf of the Portuguese people and on my own behalf, I offer my sincere condolences for the loss suffered”

Tthe President of Portugal on his official website ,”on behalf of the British people and King Charles III”.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also stated that he is “confident in the historic and unbreakable bonds of friendship that unite and will continue to unite Portugal and the United Kingdom, I renew my most heartfelt and sincere condolences,” wishing all the best to King Charles III.

“For Portugal and for all Portuguese people, the visits that Queen Elizabeth II made to our country in 1957 and 1985 will remain in the memory of each of us with unquestionable affection and appreciation. For me personally, I will not be able to forget the honour of meeting her when I travelled to London in 2016,” the President added.

Praising Queen Elizabeth II for her “enormous sense of State” Portugal’s President expressed great admiration for the Her Majesty the Queen by remarking:

“We are used to having a closeness, a great affection and admiration for Queen Elizabeth II, for her courage and sense of State, for her ability to understand with intelligence and lucidity and to adjust to such different worlds.”

Portugal’s oldest ally

As an invited guest, and on behalf of Portugal’s oldest ally, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will attend the funeral ceremonies to be held on Monday, September 19th. Portugal will be also represented by the Minister for Foreign Affairs João Gomes Cravinho.

The relationship between Portugal and the United Kingdom dates to the Middle Ages, when in 1373 England signed the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, considered the oldest alliance in the world, between two countries, still in force.

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19 thoughts on “Portugal declares three days of mourning”

      • After reading the Wikipedia article on Otelo, it’s difficult how you can compare The Queen with convicted terrorist, released on a technicality after serving five years. I quote,
        “Over 7 years, they were responsible for 19 deaths, including a four-month-old baby, a General Director of Prison Service, a dissident/repentant terrorist, several National Republican Guards (GNR) soldiers and five terrorists killed during robberies or clashes with security forces. FP-25´s last action resulted in the death of a Judiciary Police officer, in August 1987. The violence was partially stopped in June 1984, with a secret police operation under a code name “Orion”, which resulted in the arrest of most of its leaders and operatives. They would be later tried in October 1986.”

        ” In October 1985, Otelo was tried and convicted in court for his role in leading the FP 25 de Abril and sentenced to 15 years in prison.[39] The sentence would be confirmed by the Court of Appeal, which increased the sentence to 18 years and later the Supreme Court of Justice would fix it at 17 years in prison.[40]
        He would appeal the sentence to the Constitutional Court. As the period of preventive detention had expired, since the sentence had not yet become final, he was released on May 17, 1989, after five years in prison, awaiting trial on parole.[40] He was also demoted to lieutenant-colonel.”

        • As Steve would say – and in this case I would agree – “the fight was fixed”.
          Otello was the leader of those brave men who put an end to fachism in Portugal.

        • QUOTE: “released on a technicality after serving five years”

          QUOTE from your wiki article: ” In 1996, the Portuguese Parliament voted to pardon him and several others who had been sentenced for FP-25 activities.”

          The Portuguese parliament is elected, are you George?
          No further comment….

  1. Thank you for such a heart warming tribute to our Queen. Her Majesty obviously rose high above the thoughts and comments of the people with negative thoughts of her.
    My wife and I holiday every year in Madeira and love the Portuguese people.

  2. Well, I AM king, charlie said.

    Oh king, eh, very nice. An’ how’d you get that, eh? By exploitin’ the workers — by ‘angin’ on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic an’ social differences in our society! If there’s ever going to be any progress……

    King of the who?

    The Britons.

    Who are the Britons?

    Well, we all are. we’re all Britons and I am your king.

    I didn’t know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous collective.

    You’re fooling yourself. We’re living in a dictatorship. A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes–
    Oh there you go, bringing class into it again.

    I am your king.

    Well, I didn’t vote for you.

    You don’t vote for kings.

    Well, how’d you become king, then?

    The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your king.

    Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
    You can’t expect to wield supreme power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!”

  3. Strong views on both sides. After today, time to really consider and debate properly how the UK and Commonwealth should be governed into the future Consent should certainly be a key principle. Haven’t seen much of that over the last 10 days or so.


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