Barbados to leave Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

It was the first time in nearly 30 years that a country had toppled an emperor.

Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason announced in a speech on Tuesday that the Caribbean nation would “move towards full sovereignty and become a republic by November 30, 2021, on the 55th anniversary of independence from the British Empire”.

Proponents of the changes have long advocated the head of a Barbadian state, calling the queen’s reign a symbol of imperialism.

Reading a speech written by Mia, the Prime Minister of Barbados half a century ago, Mason said, “After attaining independence half a century ago, our country cannot remain in any doubt about its potential for self-governance.” . ” Mottley. “Barbadians want the head of a Barbadian state. This is the ultimate statement of faith about who we are and what we are capable of achieving.”

Mottley also cited Errol Barrow, the country’s first chief who warned against “hatred on the colonial complex”.

When asked to comment on the plans, a Buckingham Palace spokesman told ABC News that this was a matter for the government and the people of Barbados.

The queen is recognized as head of state in more than a dozen countries that were previously under British control. The queen has, for the most part, been removed from daily government affairs in Barbados, according to the royal website, which described her as a “constitutional emperor”

The website said, “Queen Barbados is not involved in the government’s day business.” “However, he is in regular contact with the Governor-General – his representative there – who keeps him updated with any important news or events.”

Authorities have floated the idea for years and other former British-ruled nations, including Jamaica, have expressed a desire to become a republic.

In 2012, during Prince Harry’s diamond jubilee visit, Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller reiterated his previous plans to become the country’s republic.

In an interview with the BBC, he said “there should have been no race under our ancestors”. “We gained our freedom through the sweat, blood and tears of our ancestors and we are now free. If Britain wants to apologize, it’s fine with us, no problem.”

He said: “This is not about getting rid of the queen – who can get rid of the queen; she is a wonderful, beautiful woman. The decision to become a republic should not be taken in our context. The queen’s.”

The queen has been left as head of several countries doing so with Mauritius in 1992.

ABC News’ Zoe Meggie contributed to this report.