National mourning in honour of Queen Elizabeth II
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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