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Barbados Intends to Eventually Become a republic and Shed Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

Barbados has announced plans to be a republic, eliminating Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.

The former British Caribbean colony, that kept the monarch as head of state if it became a separate nation in 1966.

It plans to make the transition from November next year once it celebrates 55 years since independence.

The move was announced in the yearly Throne Speech delivered by Governor-General Sandra Mason, who’s Elizabeth’s representative at Barbados.

In the address, which is composed of her from the Barbadian authorities, Mason stated: “The time has come to fully depart our ancestral past behind. Barbadians need a Barbadian Head of State.

“Here is the greatest statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of attaining.

“Therefore, Barbados will take the upcoming logical step toward complete sovereignty and become a Republic at the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Freedom”

A Buckingham Palace source told The Times newspaper: “That is an issue for the authorities and people of Barbados.”

The disagreement within Barbados getting a republic has raged since 1998 when a government commission advocated abandoning its constitutional monarchy status.

Past Barbadian prime ministers have announced plans to get a republican government, just for them to not be followed.

But this seems to be the first time that a Throne Speech was used to progress plans for a republic.

Now Barbados is among 15 lands known as Commonwealth Realms, where Elizabeth stays head of state and is represented by a Governor-General.