Barbados to leave Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

The Governor of the Caribbean nation, Sandra Mason, said in a speech on Tuesday that “the time has come for us to completely leave our colonial past behind.”

He said that the country would become a republic in early November next year, when it would celebrate the 55th anniversary of independence from the British Empire.

The Empress heads the Kingdom of the United Kingdom and 15 other countries that were formerly under British rule – including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Jamaica and the Caribbean, and several other island nations in the Indian Ocean.

But many Barbadians have long agitated to overcome their position – and with it, the symbolic presence of imperialism over its rule – and many leaders have proposed this century that the country become a republic.

“Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state. This is the ultimate statement of faith about who we are and what we are capable of achieving,” said Mason, reading a speech written by the country’s Prime Minister Mia Motley at the state’s inauguration on Tuesday. Parliament.

“Therefore, Barbados will take the next logical step towards full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate the 55th anniversary of our independence.”

A royal source told CNN that the decision is a matter for the government and people of Barbados, noting that it was not “out of the blue” and was “looted and publicly talked about” several times.

After gaining independence in 1992 after doing so with Mauritius, many countries dropped the queen as head of state.

But Barbados’s process is to fast-track a process that was previously proposed as a subject for a public vote, a new wave of nations considering a push toward full self-governance The historical role of the British Empire in particular comes from the beginning. Scrutiny.

The Queen receives the Governor General of Barbados Sandra Mason during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in 2018.

Mason cited a warning by Errol Walton Barrow, Barbados’s first prime minister, “hatred on the colonial complex.”

“This warning is as relevant today as it was in 1966.” “After attaining independence half a century ago, our country can never be in any doubt about its capacity for self-governance.”

Barbados is a member of the Commonwealth, a federation of 54 countries that were mostly former British territories.

Earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, encouraged Britain to reveal its colonial past, which now exposes the “wrongs” of its historic involvement in those countries.

Max Foster of CNN contributed to this report.