Barbados will drop Queen Elizabeth as head of state, become a republic – Reports

Barbados will drop Queen Elizabeth as head of state, become a republic

Barbados plans to dump Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and go it alone as a republic, its government has announced.

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” the Caribbean island’s governor general, Sandra Mason, said while delivering a speech on behalf of the country’s prime minister, Mia Mottley.

“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,” Mason told the…

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