Barbados is to remove UK’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state

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Sep 16, 2020

September 16, 2020


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Barbados is to remove Britain's Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, the Caribbean nation's government has said.

"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.

"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 towards full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence."

The former British colony gained independence in 1966, but Barbados has maintained a formal link with the British monarchy as have some other countries that were once part of the British Empire.

The 55th anniversary is in November 2021.

In Barbados the move was generally welcomed.

The queen's head appears on at least 35 currencies, including the Barbados dollar or Bajan. Most of those countries are former colonies.

The $2 bill also has John Redman Bowell, Sir Frank Worrell is on the $5 note and Charles Duncan O’Neal is on the $10. The $20 has Samuel Jackman Prescod, the $50 has Errol Walton Barrow and Sir Grantley Adams is on the $100 dollar bill.

Updated: September 16, 2020 02:42 PM

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