Barbados Gov’t to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

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The Government of Barbados has announced plans to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.

The decision was taken last year when a government statement said, “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.”

In a speech by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, he stated that Barbadians wanted a Barbadian head of state.

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He said: “This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving”.

Reacting to the announcement, Buckingham Palace said that it was a matter for the government and people of Barbados.

Quoting a palace source, BBC reported that the idea “was not out of the blue” and “has been mooted and publicly talked about many times.”

The process of Queen Elizabeth’s removal would be complete on 21 November when the nation marks the 55th anniversary of independence from Britain.

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