The Boarding


Photography: RR


With his mother, Queen D. Amélia, and his grandmother (Queen D. Maria Pia), D. Manuel II – the last king of Portugal, then aged 20 – reaches the boat that would take them to the yacht Amélia, where his uncle, D. Afonso, is. They continue to Gibraltar and then England – this could be the caption of the photograph published here, which, however, leaves out much to be said about this crucial historical episode.

It was about 3 pm on October 5, 1910 (which would go down in history as the Day of the Implantation of the Republic), when the Portuguese Royal Family, coming from Mafra, where they stayed overnight, came by car in the village to embark, fleeing the revolution settled in Lisbon the day before.

The affluence in  Ribas was immense. Everything was silent, but tears flowed from many eyes

The details of what happened that afternoon in Ericeira were reported by Júlio Ivo, Mayor of Mafra at the time of Sidónio Pais, who in 1928 inquired the population of the village:

“(…) The cars stopped and the Royal Family dismounted, going from Rua do Norte to Rua de Baixo, through the narrow lane that connects the two streets, almost in front of Travessa da Estrela (…) When entering Rua de Baixo, the Royal Family went in the following order: in front of El-Rei D. Manuel; then D. Maria Pia, then D. Amélia (…). The King, and those who accompanied him, went up to the boat, using crates and baskets of fish (…) The signalman signaled with his hat, and the first boat, Bomfim, carrying the blue and white flag at the stern, entered the water and shipped away, leading the King (…).

The affluence in the Ribas was immense. Everything was silent, but tears flowed from many eyes (…)

The king was very pale, D Amélia was in a mood, D. Maria Pia was overwhelmed (…) The boats had not yet docked at the yacht when a car with civilian revolutionaries arrived, coming from Sintra, armed with weapons and bombs, appeared in the village, who told to shoot to the beach if they had arrived in time for (…)“.

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