Founding treaties of the Luso-British Alliance presented

The delegation went to The National Archives, in London, and visited the original documents as part of the commemorations of the 650th anniversary of the Luso-British Alliance
A Portuguese delegation led by the President of Portugal-UK 650, Maria João Rodrigues de Araújo, accompanied by the Mayor of Vizela, Victor Hugo Salgado, by the President of the Municipal Assembly of Vizela, António Fernando Carvalho, and by the President of the Parish Council de Tagilde, António Ferreira, were at the beginning of this week this week Monday in London, as part of the celebrations of the 650th anniversary of the Luso-British Alliance.

The visit to the capital of the United Kingdom was motivated by the visit to the National Archives (The National Archives, TNA), where Sean Cunningham Head of Medieval, Early Modern, Legal and Map Records, and Patricia Humphries, Strategic Relations Coordinator, of the Chief Executive Office , promoted a private visit to the original documents, from the 19th century. XIV, which were at the origin of the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world: the Treaty of Tagilde and the Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Alliance, declarations dated 1372 and 1373, respectively. Other documents, from the same period, related to these two treaties were also exposed, including the letter from the kings of Portugal asking for confirmation of the Treaty of Tagilde, dated November
of 1372.

For Maria João Rodrigues de Araújo, president of Portugal-UK 650, “having the opportunity to see documents of such importance for the course of the history of the United Kingdom, Portugal and the world up close is exciting. The documents have been carefully preserved, which attests to the importance these documents have had for both nations over the centuries. It is believing in the values ​​they carry – peace, friendship, truth, fidelity, constancy, solidarity, sincerity and kindness – and through the initiatives that we have been promoting with the celebrations of the 650th anniversary of the Luso-British Alliance, transmitting these values ​​to generations future”.

The delegation also visited the Portuguese Embassy in the United Kingdom, where they were received in an audience by the new Portuguese ambassador to the United Kingdom, Nuno Brito.

On the second day of her visit to the United Kingdom, the president of Portugal-UK 650, Maria João Rodrigues de Araújo, was at Windsor Castle where she had the opportunity to present the upcoming events of the 650th anniversary celebrations of the Luso-British Alliance to SAR the Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, the
Ben Wallace, United Kingdom Minister of Defence, to General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, among other British officials.

About Portugal-UK 650

Portugal-UK 650 is the initiative responsible for commemorating the 650th anniversary of the Luso-British Alliance in Portugal and the United Kingdom. It intends to celebrate and make known the common history, write new chapters of friendship, cooperation and commerce, develop scientific research on the Luso-British Alliance, and promote the values ​​of the founding Treaty of the Alliance in the current world – peace, friendship, truth, fidelity. , constancy, solidarity, sincerity and kindness – “…there shall henceforth be a true, faithful, constant, mutual and perpetual peace and friendship, union and alliance and league of sincere affection” (Article I, Treaty of the Covenant, London 16 June 1373) – appealing to everyone’s responsibility and commitment.
In the long term, Portugal-UK 650 hopes to contribute to a safer and more fraternal society, with greater knowledge of its historical-cultural heritage, more international solidarity and a strengthened dialogue, cooperation and friendship between the citizens of both countries.
The program to commemorate the 650th anniversary of the Luso-British Alliance can be consulted at
In addition to the celebration of the most important dates – the 650th anniversary of the Treaty of Tagilde (10 July 2022) and the Treaty of London (16 June 2023) – it encompasses other initiatives, until 2023, in partnership with more than 100 Portuguese and British institutions, in the scope of research, education, culture, commerce, cooperation and social.

For information on Portugal-UK 650, please contact: Maria João Quintela: (92 763 89 43).