Portuguese government declares three days of national mourning in honour of late Queen
Three days of national mourning is "a just homage to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II", said the statement today from the Council of Ministers

Portuguese government declares three days of national mourning in honour of late Queen

Mourning to include day of Royal funeral

Portugal’s Council of Ministers has today marked the passing of Queen Elizabeth II by decreeing three days of national mourning.

This was the first time the council had met since the late queen’s death in Balmoral last Thursday.

In a statement, the council said: ““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 prolonged and profound grieving for our oldest Ally, the government has decided to declare national mourning on the days of 18, 19 and 20 September 2022””

The queen’s death has been beautifully remembered by television stations in Portugal, SIC particularly, which has been running long, sensitive and often enchanting segments for days.

Last night, SIC featured Elizabeth: the Unseen Queen – a documentary seemingly put together by the late queen herself, full of old footage of her days growing up and the early days of her marriage to the late Prince Philip.

It is certain that SIC’s coverage will continue right up until Monday, the day of the funeral at when President Marcelo will be representing Portugal and joining the roughly 2,000 dignitaries and heads of State from all over the world at Westminster Abbey.

natasha.donn@portugalresident.com