Sunday, October 3, 2010

Revolution in Portugal

"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.


  1. It is sad indeed, Matterhorn, but we can take some solace in the fact that, by all accounts, Dom Duarte Pio remains informed, active, and interested in Portuguese affairs of state and culture. Thus, he's surely ready to take the throne if called upon. And I believe he would be an excellent king.