The 93-year-old queen said the daunting demanding situations introduced by way of the COVID-19 disaster however presented hope.


Barbados introduced Tuesday it plans to take away Queen Elizabeth II as head of state subsequent 12 months, marking the primary time since 1992 that a commonwealth realm has ditched the long-reigning queen as its constitutional monarch. 

Barbados Governor-Normal Sandra Mason introduced in a speech Tuesday that the Caribbean nation deliberate to take steps “towards complete sovereignty and develop into a Republic” by way of its 55th anniversary of independence, which is able to happen Nov. 30, 2021. She known as Barbados the “best possible ruled Black society on this planet” and expressed a need for the rustic to be represented by way of its personal folks. 

“Having attained Independence over part a century in the past, our nation will also be in without a doubt about its capability for self-governance. The time has come to completely depart our colonial previous at the back of,” Mason mentioned. “Barbadians desire a Barbadian Head of State. That is without equal commentary of self belief in who we’re and what we’re able to reaching.”

Buckingham Palace mentioned this is a subject for the federal government and folks of Barbados. USA TODAY has reached out to Mason’s place of work for additional remark. 

On this symbol taken from video and made to be had by way of Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II addresses the country and the Commonwealth at the 75th anniversary of VE Day, from Windsor Fortress, Would possibly eight, 2020. (Picture: AP)

There are 54 nations within the Commonwealth, together with the U.Ok.; 16 are geographical regions that acknowledge the queen as their monarch. 

In 1992, Mauritius eliminated the queen as its constitutional monarch. As soon as Barbados departs, the rest geographical regions will probably be Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and the U.Ok.

The Queen’s present function in Barbados is detailed at the authentic royal web page: “Because the ‘constitutional monarch’ of Barbados, The Queen isn’t concerned within the day by day industry of Barbados’s Govt. Then again, she is in common touch with the Governor-Normal – her consultant there – who assists in keeping her up to date with any vital information or traits.  The Governor-Normal as appointed at the recommendation of Barbadian ministers.” 

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Prince Harry made the ultimate authentic royal discuss with to Barbados in 2016 when he went there on behalf of the queen for the 50th anniversary of the rustic’s independence. 

“Her Majesty visited your gorgeous nation at the eve of independence in early 1966. The folks of Barbados have held a distinct position in her middle ever since,” Harry mentioned. “Your independence was once a declaration of self belief someday and 50 years on, Barbados is a rustic rightfully pleased with its colourful tradition, its carrying prowess and its herbal good looks that draws guests from in every single place the arena.” 

Contributing: Leora Arnowitz


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