"For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free." --Anatole France
One hundred years ago this week, the Kingdom of Portugal came to its end when the Portuguese Army and Navy shelled the royal palace in Lisbon, causing King Manuel II to flee. The land of explorers and once among the mightiest of empires in the West betrayed its heritage, and became, like my motherland France, just another republic, and an anticlerical one moreover.
Restore Dom Duarte Pio to the throne.
Viva o Rei.
In commemoration of this sad event, the flags at this blog will be flown at half-mast throughout the day.