Expats celebrate Diamond Jubilee in Portugal

Despite being a long way from Britain, British expats and businesses will be celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend with formal and casual events up and down the country.

Expats celebrate Diamond Jubilee in PortugalStarting the celebrations early was the Silves dance club who hosted a red, white and blue themed Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Dance at Hotel Colina dos Mouros in Silves on Sunday, 27 May.

This Friday, the Lisbon-based Royal British Club hosted a Gala Dinner, to mark the Diamond Jubilee at the Hotel Palácio in Estoril. British Ambassador to Portugal, Jill Gallard was invited as guest speaker of the event to which all the local community were welcome.

This weekend, HM Ambassador Jill Gallard will be travelling to the Algarve to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, making a number of appearances at expat celebrations.

On her list of events is a visit to the annual International Algarve Fair, which will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with a traditional street party, overseen by English language radio station Kiss FM, as well as a 1950s inspired fancy dress competition and a Jubilee children’s art competition.

Traditional British fare will also be on offer to visitors to the fair at the British Food Festival in the main restaurant area, which will include All Saints Anglican Church’s stall selling freshly made bacon or sausage butties and strawberry cream teas, among other favourites. (For more information see pages 20-23).

Ambassador Jill Gallard will also be attending a Queen’s birthday party reception in Oporto as well as hosting a Queen’s birthday party at the Ambassador’s residence in Lisbon on 5 June.

A variety of sporting events will also be taking place, including a tennis and golf tournament in the Algarve as well as a bowls event.

Among them, Bowls Portugal along with Vilamoura Bowls Club, will be hosting a ‘Jubilee Jacks and Jazz’ event on Monday, 4 June from 10.30am until 4.30pm to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. Bowling will be followed in the afternoon by a BBQ with live music and tombola, with a prize for the best fancy dress.

Pine Trees Riding Centre, will be hosting a Jubilee themed riding event, which will also feature a lunch party and cake competition.

The British consul to the Algarve, Clive Jewell has been invited to make a toast to HM the Queen after the lunch party at the Pine Trees Riding event on Sunday, 3 June.

In Lisbon, St. Georges Church will be holding a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee service at the church located along Rua São Jorge at 11.30am on Sunday, 3 June. After the service, the congregation will be invited for a glass of bubbly in Church Hall.

The following weekend, Silves Cine-Theatre Club will be holding a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year on Saturday, 9 June from 1:30pm until 5:30 pm. Entry costs €9 per person and includes a buffet and entertainment.

The Club will be decorated to create a 50’s style Street Party atmosphere and there’ll be a Royal Quiz, a skittle competition and other fun activities.

For reservations call Wendy on: 919 701 777 or Barrie on: 282 338 603. All profits of this event will be presented to the Silves-based Castelo de Sonhos charity.

Also on 9 June, central-Portugal based social group Portugal Friends will be hosting a Picnic in the Park and Diamond Jubilee party in the park at Vila Nova da Barquinha, which lies on the banks of the River Tejo just north of Santarém.

This event combines the Diamond Jubilee and birthday celebrations for the British community and will feature a variety of activities for all ages, such as face painting, canoe trips on the river, bacon and sausage rolls, a traditional American piñata with sweets and prizes inside, and a raffle for charity with some great gifts.

A number of restaurants across the Algarve will be celebrating the Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne, providing British fare and a street party atmosphere as well as showing the jubilee events live on the television as they happen in the UK.

Gusto Bar & Grill in Montinhos da Luz, Luz, will be hosting a ‘Queen’s Jubilee’ event with live entertainment on Saturday, 2 June. On the same day, Ronaldo’s Bar in Faz Fato, Vila Nova de Cacela is organising a street party with live entertainment from Danny Maverick.

Fresco Café e Cozinha in Lagos will be hosting ‘The Big Lunch’, a Queen’s Jubilee celebration lunch street party on Sunday, 3 June from 1am onwards.

A Diamond Jubilee Celebratory Big Lunch “with all the Red, White and Blue that we can muster” is being held at The Smokehouse Café and Deli in Sesmarias, near Carvoeiro, on Sunday also. There will be live music by Nostalgia and British items on the menu including roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, roast lamb, classic Eton mess and Bakewell Tart, among other dishes.

QM Country Shop and Garden Centre in Santa Bàrbara de Nexe, The fat Pig Roasting Company and entertainers 2x2 have joined forces to bring expats in the Eastern Algarve a memorable celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee on Sunday, 3 June.

The paid event, which starts at 12.30pm, includes a glass of punch on arrival and a fancy dress competition for the ‘biggest Queen.’

Aside from all these events, many friends and families across the Portugal and the Algarve will be gathering together for private garden and street parties to celebrate the Royal milestone and watch the action back home on the television.

Among these will be a street party-style lunch planned to be held at the grounds of Quinta da Fonte, the British Retirement Home, organised by the WRVS, The Royal British Club, The Royal Society of St. George and the British Retirement Home, on Saturday, 16 June from 12.30pm. This informal event will include a ‘toast’ at 1pm before the lunch and a raffle.

To help toast the Queen at all of these events, and mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, W & J Graham & Co has launched a commemorative limited bottling of Graham’s 1952 finest old tawny Port.

“For six decades, this Port has gently aged in seasoned oak casks, quietly bearing witness to Her Majesty’s inspirational and enduring reign,” said a company spokesman, adding: “Port has always been a wine associated with longevity, given its ability to age over very long periods, and W & J Graham & Co, together with Berry Bros & Rudd, believes that this 1952 Port appropriately expresses and celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”



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