Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is to be removed as the head of state in Barbados by November 2021 as the country becomes a republic.
The Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley quoted the Caribbean Island nation’s first premier Errol Barrow’s warning against “loitering on colonial premises.”
Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason said reading Mottley’s speech, “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.”
The Queen has remained the constitutional monarch since 1966 when Barbados gained independence from Britain.