The Barbados government has announced to remove Queen Elizabeth II as the head of the state as in 2021, the country will become a republic.
Sandra Mason, the Caribbean nation’s Governor-General, made the announcement during a speech. He said,
“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.”
The Governor-General also announced that Barbados will become a republic on its 55th independence anniversary in November 2021.
It is pertinent to mention here that Queen Elizabeth II is the head of states of 15 countries apart from Britain, that were ruled by the British previously. The countries include Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Jamaica as well as the Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean’s different island nations.
Mason said during the speech that,
“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.”
She further added,
“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.”