Revival of Royal Marines regalia proves a success

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The Portuguese Navy has approved a new gala uniform for formal official occasions and parades for the Marine Corps which style goes back more than 100 years.

The uniforms with the original design were first worn in 1807, when the the Portuguese Royal Brigade Marines presented arms and said farewell to King John VI entourage, embarking for Brazil to avoid the Napoleon troops invading the Iberian Peninsula.

The Portuguese monarch left Lisbon before French army occupied Portugal, to settle the court in Rio de Janeiro, a political move development that would accelerate and lead to the independence of Brazil in 1822.

The replica uniforms of the Royal Marines were displayed at the end of last year in the celebrations presided by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, at Lisbon’s Terreiro do Paço Square, to commemorate 700 years of the foundation of the Portuguese Navy by King Dom Diniz, back in1317.

The of the pomp and circumstance, conveyed by the military attire, created such sensation among the public and the media, that the government decided to adopt the historic uniforms in future military ceremonial events.

Only 30 uniforms that were tailored for the Navy last year’s ceremonial anniversary occasion, involving an investment of EUR 30000.

The objective aimed to promote the visibility, the development and the settling of a naval and maritime culture, was so successful, that more apparel will be produced for of the Marines naval branch of the armed forces for use in major military ceremonies.


A Marinha Portuguesa vai recriar para os Fuzileiros Navais os uniformes da Brigada Real da Marinha de 1807.

Vão ter existência oficial para uso nas principais cerimónias militares os uniformes exibidos nas celebrações dos 700 anos da Marinha numa cerimónia, no Terreiro do Paço, presidida pelo Chefe do Estado e Comandante Supremo das Forças Armadas, Presidente da República, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

As apresentação dos fuzileiros com 30 fardas da marinha do século XIX, envolvendo um investimento de 30 mil euros, para comemorar os 700 anos do ramo naval das Forças Armadas, visou promover a visibilidade, o desenvolvimento e a sedimentação de uma cultura naval e marítima em Portugal.

A ligação da Marinha ao passado histórico remonta à sua criação, a 1 de fevereiro de 1317 pelo Rei de D. Dinis.

A recriação dos uniformes dos fuzileiros da Brigada Real datando de 1807, evoca a as missões dos fuzileiros garantir a defesa dos navios de guerra, assumir as operações de desembarque e combate em terra, assegurar a guarda das instalações do Arsenal da Marinha e a defesa das fortalezas costeiras.

Jay Fernandes
Master’s Degree G. Ph. from the University of Lisbon. Academic and teacher. Television , radio and press reporter / commentator

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