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THE QUEEN VISITED PORTUGAL

Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) visited Portugal twice.The first visit took place in 1957, during the Estado Novo regime led By António Oliveira Salazar. The second visit was in 1985, after the establishment of democracy.

The two visits marked two important moments in the history of Portugal and the United Kingdom. The relationship dates to the Middle Ages, when in 1373 England signed the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, the oldest alliance in the world still in force.

In 1957, between February 18 and 20, Elizabeth II disembarked from the Royal Yacht moored in the Tagus River. The Portuguese state spared no expense, buying a Rolls Royce especially for the occasion. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were accommodated at Queluz National Palace, entertained at a banquet at the Palácio Nacional de Ajuda, and visited the Monasteries of Santa Maria, Alcobaça, Santa Maria da Vitória in Batalha, and Nazaré.

On March 25, 1985, the host was President António Ramalho Eanes, who welcomed the royal party outside Lisbon at the 16th century Tower of Belem, where Portuguese explorers set sail on their voyages of discovery in the 1500s. The queen arrived aboard a royally outfitted British Airways jetliner and was later joined her husband, Prince Philip, aboard the Britannia, the royal yacht. The royal itinerary included the Roman temple to Diana, a goddess of the moon, forests and women in childbirth, who shares the name of the queen’s former daughter- in-law Princess Diana.

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