The Independent Overseas Command
The “Duke of Bragança’s Own”
Legion of Frontiersmen
Rua de Sao Joao as Portas de Santarem
2490 Castelo de Ourem
Dated: 30th April 2008
HQ-IOC - LofF. Command General Orders – April 2008
PART ONE ORDERS:
By Order of the Commandant General IOC-LofF Michael J. Donnelly.KCVV.QGM, the following is indicated:
- I would like, on behalf of all Frontiersmen, to wish our brother and sister Frontiersmen
of the IOC-LofF and those of other commands who may be at this time be serving in areas of conflict,
or be on humanitarian missions or private business contracts in the troubled spots of our world,
a safe and speedy return to the fold of their families and loved ones.
- Letters of congratulations were sent on behalf of all Frontiersmen to all Australian
and New Zealand Commands with respect to their celebrations for ANZAC Day.
- The Command Headquarters of the IOC – LofF has great pleasure in
publishing the following communication:
To His Royal Highness the Duke of Bragança
To the General Command of the Royal Honour Guard of the Castles,
Pantheons and National Monuments
I have the honour to be a member of the Order of Saint Michael of the Wing, as well as
Patron of “The Independent Overseas Command – Duke of Braganza’s Own Legion of
Frontiersmen” and of the Royal Honour Guard, so I hope I may add my prayers to those of
the Portuguese Royal Family and all who are assembled at the Royal Pantheon of the
Monastery of Saint Vincent, on this day, as we commemorate the 100 anniversary of the
assassination of His Majesty King Dom Carlos 1, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince
Dom Luis Filipe.
The stories of Portugal and England are woven tightly together, and have been so for
many, many years. Their alliance is the oldest in existence between any two countries
in earth, and the Braganza dynasty has always occupied a special position for the
reigning house of Great Britain. The much loved Queen Catherine, consort of King Charles
11, was born Princess of Braganza, and her brain child, the Royal Hospital in Chelsea,
remains one of London’s favourite, and most admired landmarks. King Carlos 1 was a close
cousin of Queen Victoria through his grandfather, Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg,
and he and Queen Amelie were frequent and favoured visitors to the Court of St James’s.
But what makes their tragedy even more vivid for me personally, is that my own predecessor,
Field Marshal, First earl Kitchener of Khartoum, who like the Portuguese King would die too soon,
enjoyed the friendship of King Carlos and valued it highly. This gives me a great deal of pride.
As we all know, the surviving Prince, and last King, Dom Manuel 11,
spent his exile in London, and last September I visited Portugal to mark the 75 anniversary of his death.
That he was not gunned down like his father and brother was a miracle at the time,
but it is perhaps also worth remembering that yet another assassination plot,
which was to have been activated soon after the melancholy events we remember today,
was foiled through the efforts of the Legion of Frontiersmen, working with the British
Secret Service. So I like to think that our ancient alliance has been of some practical
use to the former ruling family.
I confess I am a constitutional monarchist,
and I am too old to conceal my belief in this most reasonable form of government.
I would like to see a king back on the throne here, and I salute the murdered King and
his son as heroes. But this is not the most important thing. I hope that, today,
the reminder of these ties between our dynasties, stretching, as they do,
far back into our joint history will serve to remind all Portuguese citizens,
monarchist or not, of the very real bonds of friendship that still obtain between our two
Westergate Wood, February 1, 2008
G.C. Henry Herbert Kitchener, III Earl Kitchener of Khartoum.