Buckingham Palace said Barbados’ intention to remove the Queen as head of state and become a republic is a “matter” for the Caribbean nation. Asked to comment on the Commonwealth country’s plans a palace spokesman said: “This is a matter for the government and people of Barbados.”
Barbadians’ intention to severe their ties with the Crown were laid bare yesterday by the country’s Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason.
Reading a speech written by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Dame Sandra said: “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.
“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 toward full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of Independence.”
This speech appeared to have been inspired by the country’s first Prime Minister Errol Barrow‘s warning against “loitering on colonial premises”.
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