Prince of Wales to attend Barbados ceremony to ditch monarchy and its ‘colonial past’
The Prince of Wales is due to be the guest of honour at a ceremony in Barbados which will ensure that he is never their Head of State.
On November 30, Sandra Mason, the island’s governor-general dame, will be sworn in as the new head of state, replacing the Queen.
She will begin her new role as president on the 55th anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain in 1966. The country will aso replace the Queen’s portrait on the Barbadian dollar bill.
“Having attained independence over half a century ago, our country can be in no doubt about its capacity for self-governance,” she said in July.
“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.”
Prince Charles will travel to the island Caribbean country later this month to mark Barbados becoming a republic and will deliver a speech acknowledging the end of an era for the British monarchy, while emphasising the country’s continued Commonwealth links.
Clarence House said that his presence demonstrated the Royal family’s continued loyalty and appreciation of the Commonwealth country as part of the “family of nations”.
The remaining former colonies over which the Queen is head of state are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
Jamaica is expected to be the next country to declare itself a republic.
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