The authorities of the Caribbean island of Barbados have decided since 2021 not to recognize Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain as head of state and declare the country a republic, said the Governor-General of the country, Sandra Mason, reports Tuesday, September 15, Loop Barbados.
She stressed that the islanders want to leave behind the colonial past and put Barbados at the head of the country.
This is the final statement of confidence in who we are and what we can achieve. Barbados will take the next logical step towards full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence.
Governor-General of Barbados
Barbados gained independence in 1966, but the head of state is still the ruling Queen of Great Britain Elizabeth II. The monarch is also the head of the Commonwealth of Nations and the current monarch in 15 independent states, including New Zealand, Jamaica, Canada, Papua New Guinea, and others.