Ready to become a republic, the Barbary State should soon separate from its monarch Elizabeth II, as announced by the Prime Minister on Sunday, September 5, 2021.
The queen of Britain and the Commonwealth realms will soon lose one of its territories. As early as September 2020, Barbados had expressed its desire to become a Republic by the 55th anniversary of its independence, November 30, 2021. As that deadline approaches, the Caribbean state is actively preparing for self-governance. Governor General and Her Majesty’s representative on the island, Sandra Mason, has just been nominated as the future first president of the Bajans. During a speech on Sunday, September 5, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced the big news.
The 72-year-old judge will lead the country for four years if her nomination is approved by the Assembly and Senate. The annihilation of the queen’s powers does not mean that Barbados wants to change its name or flag, as Mia Amor Mottley said during her speech: “We believe that this is the path we want to take and we want to thank His Excellency for so graciously consenting to it… We want to take this nation with a deep colonial past into an independent future.”
A great first for the Queen
Independent from the United Kingdom since 1966, Barbados retained Elizabeth II as constitutional monarch. For the sovereign, who rules over 16 nations in Australia and New Zealand, this removal, if a republic is established, would be a first in 30 years.
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