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White over blue, 3:1, with the letters "PPM" in white on the blue stripe and the party’s emblem in blue on the white stripe. Vincent Morley, 09 Oct 1999
There are two variants of this flag shown in As Paredes na Revolução, a book about Portuguese political murals which I bought when I was in Lisbon some years ago. One variant is a blue flag, with a large white trident in the hoist and the letters "PPM" in white in the lower fly. The second is divided horizontally white over blue, the white stripe about twice as wide as the blue. A blue trident is centred in the white stripe and "PPM" in white is centred in the blue stripe.
But what is the connection between the Portuguese monarchists and the trident?
(I always thought it was the Greek letter psi but I couldn’t guess why
it was used.)
Vincent Morley, 7 Sep 1997
The flag of PPM is very seldom seen, but a modern
rendition of the pre-1910 portuguese national
flag appears in great numbers whenever the monarchics get together.
Jorge Candeias, 11 Feb 1998
The People’s Monarchic Party (PPM - Partido Popular Monárquico)
is our only monarchic party. It’s a very small conservative party, that joined
PPD and CDS in the AD coalition I mentioned before, and was capable of electing
some members of parliament during that time. Later, became the first ecological
party in Portugal. I don’t know if they still exist. Their flag is (evidentely)
in blue and white: a white field with a blue trident
and "PPM" also in blue above the trident.
Jorge Candeias, 05 Sep 1997
During the recent Portuguese general election campaign, and I happened
to see a broadcast on behalf of PPM in which the speaker was flanked by the
flag of the party and, perhaps more interestingly, by
the older blue and white Portuguese flag.
Vincent Morley, 09 Oct 1999
It should be said that PPM is now a very small group and it
failed to win any seats in the recent elections.
Vincent Morley, 14 Oct 1999