BARBADOS SAYS IT WILL REMOVE QUEEN ELIZABETH AS HEAD OF STATE
Barbados wants to remove Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, the Caribbean nation’s government.
A former British colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados has maintained a formal link with the British monarchy as some other countries were once part of the British empire.
“The time has come to leave our colonial past behind fully,” said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason, 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. 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.