Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, become a republic.
Barbados announced plans Tuesday to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state by November 2021 and transition into a republic.
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.
“Having attained Independence over half a century ago, our country can be in no doubt about its capacity for self-governance. The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” Mason said, reading a speech written by Barbados 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.”
Officials have floated the idea for years and other formerly British-ruled nations, including Jamaica, have also expressed the desire to become republics.In 2012, during Prince Harry’s diamond jubilee visit, Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller reiterated her previous plans for the country to become a republic.