Celebrating 650 years of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance




Portugal-UK 650 are the commemorations of the 650th anniversary of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world still in force.

The beginning of the formalization of the Alliance, based on the perpetual friendship between the two countries, occurred with the signing of the Treaty of Tagilde on the 10th of July 1372.

The Alliance was formally constituted by  the Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Alliance, sealed at St. Paul’s Cathedral, in London, on the 16th of June 1373, by King Edward III of England and King Fernando and Queen Leonor of Portugal.

This alliance was  renewed  in the Treaty of Windsor of 1386 , and in several other treaties throughout the centuries.


Wendy Morton MP, Minister for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office met with Maria João Rodrigues de Araujo, President of Portugal-UK 650. In this meeting, details of the program of the commemorations of the 650th anniversary of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance were discussed and  the Minister had the opportunity to deepen her knowledge about the beginnings of the Alliance. Wendy Morton had the opportunity to see a copy of the Treaty of Windsor, and received from Maria João Rodrigues de Araujo a miniature copy of the Monument that is in Tagilde, in the municipality of Vizela, district of Braga. This beautiful stone Monument marks the location where the Treaty of Tagilde, the  first treaty between England and Portugal, was signed in 1372.


Maria João Rodrigues de Araujo is a Fellow in Music at the University of Oxford. She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Music from the University of Oxford, Christ Church College. She holds a Bachelor of Music (BMus Hons) from the University of London (King’s College London and Royal Academy of Music) and a ‘Licenciatura’ Degree (a four year undergraduate degree) in Music Sciences from the University Nova of Lisbon, Portugal. She was The Royal Opera House Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford; Director of Education and Research at Casa da Música, in Oporto and Board Member of RESEO - the European Network for Music, Opera and Dance Education, in Brussels. She carries out extensive humanitarian work as International President of ANDI - New Dialogue Organization; Dame of the Order of Malta (The Sovereign and Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta); and Dame of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Maria João Rodrigues de Araújo

President of Portugal-UK 650, University of Oxford
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