Today, INL associates with the three days of National Mourning decreed by the Government of Portugal, one of our member-states, for the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from Sunday 18th September 2022 through to Tuesday 20th September 2022.
HM Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, has died at home in Balmoral in Scotland, aged 96, surrounded by her children including her eldest son, now King Charles III.
She became queen on Feb. 6, 1952, at the age of 25, following the sudden death of her father, King George VI, and was coronated the following year at Westminster Abbey. Through the 70 years of her reign of devoted service to her country and the Commonwealth and its peoples, the Queen has been globally revered and widely beloved as she weathered a roiling century and some personal storms with enduring equanimity and grace. She witnessed history being made and was a part of it. Her knowledge of world events, politics, and power structures were nonpareil.
“HM 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 deep mourning in our oldest ally, the Government of Portugal understands to declare national mourning”, justifies the Council of Ministers. In a statement, it is underlined that the decree of three days of national mourning is a “just tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II”.