The six-centuries of friendship between Britain and Portugal was brought right up to date on Tuesday (June 5) when Britain's Prince Philip arrived in Lisbon for celebrations marking the 600th anniversary of the original Treaty of Alliance.
GV Prince off aircraft & greeted by Premier Caetano
SV Crowd applaud
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SV Prince out of car into Presidential Palace
LV Pres. Thomaz decorates Prince
SCU Prince presented decoration to Thomaz
LV PAN DOWN Sailors lined up to Navigators' Monument
SV Prince prepares to lay wreath
LV Prince forward lays wreath & salutes
CU Wreath in shape of anchor
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Background: The six-centuries of friendship between Britain and Portugal was brought right up to date on Tuesday (June 5) when Britain's Prince Philip arrived in Lisbon for celebrations marking the 600th anniversary of the original Treaty of Alliance.
During his three-day stay the Prince, who earlier visited Portugal with Queen Elizabeth in 1967, was invested with one of Portugal's highest national honours -- and he made a similar presentation of a British decoration to Portuguese President Americo Thomaz.
SYNOPSIS: Britain's Prince Philip was welcomed by Premier Marcello Caetano of Portugal on Tuesday. The visit of the Duke, husband of Queen Elizabeth the Second, was a highlight of Lisbon celebrations marking six centuries of friendship between the two countries. Britain and Portugal signed their Treaty of Alliance six-hundred years ago exactly.
The first official event on Prince Philip's busy programme was a visit to the Presidential Palace. There he was invested with one of Portugal's highest honours -- the Grand Collar of the National Order of Infante Dom Henrique -- by President Americo Thomaz. In the past, this honour has been bestowed only on heads of state. In return, Prince Philip invested Admiral Thomaz with the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath.
Next stop for the Prince was the Navigators' monument, where he was to lay a wreath. There was a marked naval emphasis to much of the three-day visit. The Prince was later to travel by hovercraft up the River Tagus to the Alfeite Naval base. There he toured a sail-training ship. Inland he was to visit bull-breeding and horse-breeding areas. The alliance being celebrated is the oldest continuing treaty of friendship for both countries. Prime Minister Caetano of Portugal will be making a return visit to London in July.