Barbados breaks with the British monarchy

Barbados breaks with the British monarchy.

A country in the British Commonwealth decided to reject the British monarchy. Barbados has announced that it no longer wants Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. Thus, the small island nation, located in the western Atlantic, wants to break with its colonial past. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said in response to a question that it depended on the government and people of Barbados.

In addition to being sovereign of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II is also the head of state of some former British colonies that are part of the Commonwealth of Nations. Over the years, they have decreased and now number 15, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Jamaica. Mauritius was the last country in the Community to choose to become a republic in 1992. Now this has been decided by Barbados, a small island with a population of less than 300,000.

Sandra Mason, Governor of Barbados: Barbados want their own head of state. It is an expression of our confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. That is why Barbados will take the next step towards full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we mark the 55th anniversary of our independence.

Rejection of the monarchy is not uncommon. A royal biographer commented that during her long reign, Elizabeth II watched a number of countries in the former British Empire gain independence. She would be sad if one of them left the Commonwealth, not if she rejected the crown, Hugo Vickers said, but added.

Hugo Vickers, royal biographer: After all, if a country is now looking for a head of state - can they think of a better person than the queen? In my opinion, there is no head of state more magnificent than her. We are lucky that she has been our head of state for so many years.

As early as the end of the last century, a special commission concluded that Barbados should become a republic, but the recommendation was not implemented. This is expected to happen next year.

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