Barbados Says It Will Remove Queen Elizabeth As Head Of State

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason.

9/16/2020 5:05:00 PM

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason.

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason.

Queen Elizabethas 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 as have some other countries that were once part of the British empire.

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“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason, delivering a speech on behalf of the country’s Prime Minister Mia Mottley.WPA Pool via Getty ImagesQueen Elizabeth II receives Governor-General of Barbados Dame Sandra Mason during a private audience at Buckingham Palace on March 28, 2018.

“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.”

That anniversary will come in November of next year.Buckingham Palace said the issue was a matter for the people of Barbados. Britain’s Foreign Office said the decision was one for Barbados to take.“Barbados and the UK are united in our shared history, culture, language and much more. We have an enduring partnership and will continue to work with them along with all our valued Caribbean partners,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.

As things stand, the governor general of Barbados is appointed by the queen on the advice of the island’s prime minister. The governor general represents the queen at formal events such as the state opening of parliament, which was the occasion at which Mason delivered the speech on Tuesday.

WPA Pool via Getty ImagesPrince Charles during a walkabout with the Prime Minister of Barbados, Ms Mia Mottley in Bridgetown, Barbados on March 19, 2019. Britain has played a key role in the history of Barbados, which was transformed by the Atlantic slave trade. The island was claimed for England in 1625 when Captain Henry Powell landed there.

It was quickly settled and stayed in British hands over the centuries, unlike other Caribbean islands that were fought over by the Spanish, British, Dutch, French and Americans. The introduction of African slaves to work the sugar plantations fields brought fabulous wealth for the white ruling class.

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Today’s population of under 300,000 is overwhelmingly of African descent. Some cultural links to Britain are still evident: towns have names like Hastings and streets like Liverpool Lane, while the sport of cricket is very popular.Britain is home to a large community of people of Barbadian descent.

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Sandra better have herself an election on this one and run on it. Her feelings on being part of the Commonwealth and the feelings of Barbadians I'm gonna guess are quite different. She's not just saying remove the Queen as HoS. She's saying become a Republic. Christ. BREAKING: Jared Kushner announces historic peace deal between Barbados and the UK. Centuries of resentments expected to come to an end.

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Good kings and queens are a relic of the past, best left in the past. Now if we can just convince america to do this with all of its celebrities we will be in a good position to remove all kings and queens of the globe from power. That goal should be on the mind of all people. About time About time, I hope all the others follow.

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