The Queen of England will no longer be the Head of State of this small island of 430 km², which has nearly 287,000 inhabitants.
The Barbados, a Caribbean micro-state, has announced that it will free itself from its subjugation to the British Crown and become a republic by the end of November 2021. The constitutional divorce was declared Tuesday, September 15 by the Governor-General of the island, Sandra Mason, during a speech to return to the local parliament. “Having obtained its independence more than half a century ago, our country can have no doubts about its capacity to manage itself”, justified Sandra Mason who was speaking in the capital, Bridgetown.
“The time has come to say goodbye to our colonial past. Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state”, continued the one who is the official representative in the island of the Queen of England. Elizabeth II will therefore lose her sovereignty over one of the last kingdoms of the Commonwealth, which are former British colonies that have become independent.
Asked in London on the subject, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said the decision fell within “of the authorities and people of Barbados”. Barbados, a tourist pearl of the Lesser Antilles, is particularly popular with Anglo-Saxon high society. The island of only 430 km² had 287,000 inhabitants in 2019 according to the World Bank.