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Queen Elizabeth II and the First Lady of the Federal District, Maria Helena Gomide – Brasilia, November 6, 1968 (Photo: Joaquim Firmino / Federal District's Public Archive)

November 5 – Tuesday

At 12:15, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at the Federal Capital where they were welcomed by President Artur da Costa e Silva, beginning their state visit. After settling in at the Hotel Nacional, the Queen, always accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, attended a ceremonial reception at the Alvorada Palace, official residence of the President. Her Majesty then participated in a special session at the Supreme Federal Court; addressed the members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Federal Senate at the National Congress; and attended a banquet in her honour at the Itamaraty Palace, headquarters of the Brazilian Foreign Service.

Dinner at Itamaraty Palace in honor of the Queen (Federal District Public Archives)

November 6 – Wednesday

In the morning, the royal couple visited a kindergarten, the Metropolitan Cathedral, where they were welcomed by the Archbishop of Brasília, Dom José Newton de Almeida Batista, as well as the Urban Military Area of the city. Next, for a panoramic view of Brasília, they visited the TV Tower, where Mayor Wadjô Gomide offered the Queen two Brazilian jaguars. The Queen concluded her official programme with a visit to the Embassy of the United Kingdom.

The royal couple left Brasília on board of a Royal Air Force aircraft at 13:00.

Queen Elizabeth II visits the TV Tower, a well-known monument in Brasília (Federal District Public Archives)

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Arrival to Brasília (Federal District Public Archives)


Reception at Itamaraty (Federal District Public Archives)


Visit to the TV Tower (Federal District Public Archives)


Visit to the Kindergarten of Superquadra 308 Sul (Photo: Joaquim Firmino / Federal District Public Archives)


Departure to Sao Paulo (Federal District Public Archives)

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