Barbados says it will remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state

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LONDON: Barbados wants to remove Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, the Caribbean island nation’s government has said.

A former British colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados has maintained a formal link with the monarchy as have some other countries that were once part of the empire.

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason, delivering a speech on behalf of the country’s Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Queen Elizabeth inspects a guard of honour as she arrives in Bridgetown, Barbados on the final visit during her Silver Jubilee tour in 1977.

Queen Elizabeth inspects a guard of honour as she arrives in Bridgetown, Barbados on the final visit during her Silver Jubilee tour in 1977.Credit:AP

“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.”

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