Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth from Head of State in a historic move

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The thriving Caribbean island-nation Barbados is about to make history by removing the currently reigning British Queen from its Head of State and becoming a republic.

The till-now British Commonwealth nation is part of the 15 other Commonwealths that the Queen of England Her Majesty Elizabeth reigns including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The till-now British Commonwealth nation is part of the 15 other Commonwealths that the Queen of England Her Majesty Elizabeth reigns including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Queen Elizabeth is the head of state of the UK and all the 15 Commonwealth states fall in her realm, where she is the head of state with the separate heads of governments in respective countries.

The Commonwealth is a lose tie with the British Royal families that some former Britsh colonies and other nations with no colonial ties maintain.

The Commonwealth is a lose tie with the British Royal families that some former Britsh colonies and other nations with no colonial ties maintain.

Now, the prosperous West Indies Island-nation has announced its plan to leave their colonial past behind as the ‘time has come,’ the BBC reported.

Next year, as the nation celebrates its 55th independence anniversary from the British rule, it aims to complete the transition to becoming a full republic state by November.

Barbados’ move is historic because no country in the last few decades have severed ties with the British Royal family, owing to political objectives, the last country to do so was Mauritius in 1992.

“This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving,” a speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley said. “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.”

“Loitering on colonial premises”

It must be noted, Barbados has in the past grappled with the plan of removing the royal Britsh anchor that other independent Commonwealths like New Zealand and Australia continue to value.

The first Prime Minister of independent Barbados, back in 1966 said the country should not “loiter on colonial premises”.

Even before the current Prime Minister Mottley solidified the intention of becoming a republic state, her predecessor Freundel Stuart also championed the same cause.

Understandably, this week’s announcement is no surprise fo the British Royal throne. Buckingham Palace said it was a matter of the government and the people of Barbados.

“It is actually quite unusual for a country to remove the Queen as its head of state,” James Landale, diplomatic correspondent for the BBC wrote in an analysis.

“Many of the 15 countries that are currently part of the Queen’s realm seem to value the relationship it provides with her and the United Kingdom.”

Barbados will not be the only Carrebian nation to slip off the British Anchor. Guyana ditched the Queen’s realm in 1970; Trinidad and Tobago followed suit in 1976 and Dominica in 1978. Jamaica has suggested it is grappling with the idea of becoming a republic.

Landale says it will be interesting to see if the current trend of ditching the Queen’s realm spark political pressure on other Caribbean governments to follow the same suit, from the lens of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

“And if this happens, and the removal of the Queen as head of state is placed on a par with, say, the removal of a statue of a slave trader, then that could pose difficult questions for both the British royal family and the Commonwealth.”

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