The 93-year-old queen stated 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 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 turn into a Republic” by way of its 55th anniversary of independence, which is able to happen Nov. 30, 2021. She referred to as Barbados the “very best ruled Black society on this planet” and expressed a want for the rustic to be represented by way of its personal other folks. 

“Having attained Independence over part a century in the past, our nation will also be in indubitably about its capability for self-governance. The time has come to completely go away our colonial previous at the back of,” Mason stated. “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.”

USA TODAY has reached out to Buckingham Palace and Mason’s place of business 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, Might eight, 2020. (Picture: AP)

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

In 1992, Mauritius eliminated the queen as its constitutional monarch. As soon as Barbados departs, the rest nation-states can 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 position in Barbados is detailed at the professional royal website online: “Because the ‘constitutional monarch’ of Barbados, The Queen isn’t concerned within the day by day trade of Barbados’s Executive. Alternatively, 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 final professional royal talk over 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 stunning nation at the eve of independence in early 1966. The folks of Barbados have held a distinct position in her center ever since,” Harry stated. “Your independence used to be a declaration of self belief sooner or later and 50 years on, Barbados is a rustic rightfully happy with its colourful tradition, its carrying prowess and its herbal good looks that pulls guests from in every single place the sector.” 

Contributing: Leora Arnowitz


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