Barbados has introduced plans to turn into a republic, eradicating Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.
The previous British Caribbean colony, which retained the monarch as head of state when it turned an impartial state in 1966.
It intends to make the transition by November subsequent yr when it celebrates 55 years since independence.
The transfer was introduced within the annual Throne Speech delivered by Governor Common Sandra Mason, who’s Elizabeth’s consultant in Barbados.
Within the speech, which is written for her by the Barbadian authorities, Mason mentioned: “The time has come to completely depart our colonial previous behind. Barbadians desire a Barbadian Head of State.
“That is the final word assertion of confidence in who we’re and what we’re able to reaching.
“Therefore, Barbados will take the following logical step towards full sovereignty and turn into a Republic by the point we have a good time our 55th Anniversary of Independence.”
A Buckingham Palace supply informed The Instances newspaper: “It is a matter for the federal government and other people of Barbados.”
The controversy over Barbados changing into a republic has raged since 1998 when a authorities fee really helpful abandoning its constitutional monarchy standing.
Earlier Barbadian prime ministers have since introduced plans for a republican authorities, just for them to not be adopted by.
However this seems to be the primary time a Throne Speech was used to advance plans for a republic.
Right now Barbados is one among 15 territories often called Commonwealth Realms, wherein Elizabeth stays head of state and is represented by a Governor Common.
Different realms embody Australia, Canada and New Zealand.