Barbados to remove Queen as head of state by November 2021

Barbados has announced its intention to remove the Queen as its head of state and become a republic by November, 2021.

A speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley quoted the Caribbean island nation's first premier Errol Barrow's warning against "loitering on colonial premises".

Reading the speech, Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason said: "The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind. 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."

The country gained its independence from Britain in 1966, though the Queen remains its constitutional monarch.

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Queen Elizabeth II inspecting a guard of honour mounted by the Barbados Regiment on her arrival in Bridgetown, Barbados, during her Silver Jubilee tour of the Caribbean.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave as Concorde flies by the Royal Yacht Britannia as the royal couple neared Barbados.
The Queen reading newspapers during her flight home from Bridgetown, Barbados, in the supersonic Concorde after her Silver Jubilee tour of Canada and the West Indies.
Queen Elizabeth II taking a close look at the crowded banks of instruments when she paid a visit to the flight deck of Concorde during her flight home from Bridgetown, Barbados, in the supersonic jetliner after her Silver Jubilee tour of the West Indies.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh during the State Opening of Parliament in Bridgetown, Barbados, during her Silver Jubilee tour of the Caribbean.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on the top of the steps as they board a BOAC Super VC 10 liner at London Airport to fly to Barbados at the start of a Caribbean tour. The journey had been delayed for 25 minutes while security men searched the aircraft for a bomb following an anonymous telephone call.
Queen Elizabeth II visiting the flight deck during her flight home from Bridgetown, Barbados, in the supersonic Concorde after her Silver Jubilee tour of Canada and the West Indies.
Queen Elizabeth II on a walkabout in Bridgetown, Barbados, during her Silver Jubilee tour of the Caribbean.
The Duke of Edinburgh talking with a sea cadet when he and Queen Elizabeth II went on a walkabout during a visit to Bridgetown, Barbados, during her Silver Jubilee tour of the Caribbean.
Queen Elizabeth II on a walkabout during a visit to Bridgetown, Barbados, during her Silver Jubilee tour of the Caribbean.
BARBADOS - NOVEMBER 01: Queen Elizabeth ll smiles with a young girl in Barbados on November 01, 1977 in Barbados. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
BARBADOS - NOVEMBER 31: Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit Barbados during the Silver Jubilee year in November 1977 in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
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In 1998, a Barbados constitutional review commission recommended republican status, and in 2015 Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said "we have to move from a monarchical system to a republican form of government in the very near future".

Most Caribbean countries have kept formal links with the monarchy after achieving independence.

Barbados would join Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and Guyana if it proceeds with its plan to become a republic. Jamaica has also flagged such a transition, with Prime Minister Andrew Holness saying it is a priority of his government, but has yet to achieve it.

Barbados took another step towards independence from the UK in 2003 when it replaced the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice, located in Trinidad and Tobago's Port of Spain, as its final appeals court.

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