According to the government of Barbados, the Caribbean nation seeks to replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as the head of the state and become a republic.
While delivering a speech on behalf of the country’s Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason said, “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind. 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 toward full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence.”
It must be recalled that Barbados, the Caribbean island is a former British Colony that got independence in 1966 and since then Barbados, similar to some other countries that were once a part of the British Empire, has maintained a formal link with the British monarchy. If the plan goes ahead, the queen will leave her role as the head of the state by November 2021.