Barbados announced plans to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state next year, marking the first time in nearly 30 years since a commonwealth country dropped a monarch.
Barbados Governor-General Sandra Mason made the announcement in a speech Tuesday, revealing that the Caribbean nation would move “toward full sovereignty and become a Republic” by Nov. 30, 2021 on the country’s 55th anniversary of independence from the British empire.
Proponents of the changes have long advocated for a Barbadian head of state, calling the Queen’s reign of the country a symbol of imperialism.
16 September 2020
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