Barbados will drop Queen Elizabeth as head of state, become a republic

Barbados will drop Queen Elizabeth as head of state, become a republic


Barbados plans to dump Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and go it alone as a republic, its government has announced.

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” the Caribbean island’s governor general, Sandra Mason, said while delivering a speech on behalf of the country’s prime minister, Mia Mottley.

“Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving,” Mason told the nation’s parliament Tuesday.

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“Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence,” Mason said, referring to November next year.

First seized by England in 1625 and the focus of the transatlantic slave trade, Barbados maintained a formal link with the British monarchy even after gaining its independence in 1966.

Buckingham Palace insisted Wednesday that it was “a matter for the

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