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Barbados to drop Queen Elizabeth

'The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,' said governor General Sandra Mason
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

Reuters   |   London   |   Published 17.09.20, 12:49 AM

Barbados wants to remove Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, the Caribbean island nation’s government has said, reviving a plan mooted several times in the past.

A former British colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados has maintained a formal link with the British monarchy. “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” said Barbados governor General Sandra Mason, speaking on behalf of 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. Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step towards full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence (in November next year).”

Buckingham Palace and Britain’s foreign office said the issue was a matter for the people of Barbados.

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