A statement reads that the decision to close took into account “various opinions, including those from Mafra City Council, the Territorial Command of the GNR and the Directorate of the National Palace of Mafra, supported by information from Civil Protection to firefighters, among others.”

The ceremony in question is the wedding of the daughter of the Duke of Bragança.

According to the National Palace, “the tight security operations inside and outside the building, the traffic restrictions and the organisation of popular festivities in the D. João V Terreiro make it unfeasible to open the palace to the public”.