Barbados will drop Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state next year, government announces – Reports

Queen Elizabeth ll is greeted by the public during a walkabout in Barbados in 1977.

Barbados will remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become a republic by next year, its government has announced, making it the first country to drop the monarch in nearly three decades.

The Caribbean nation’s Governor-General, Sandra Mason, said in a speech on Tuesday that “the time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.”

She said the country will become a republic as early as November of next year, when it celebrates its 55th anniversary of independence from the…

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