The island nation of Barbados revealed plans to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and forge ahead as a republic.
Barbados Governor-General Sandra Mason announced the move in a Tuesday speech written by the country’s prime minister, Mia Mottley. Mason said that Barbados would strive to become a republic before the country marks its 55th independence anniversary in November 2021.
“Having obtained independence over half a century ago, our country can be in no doubt about its capacity for self-governance. The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” Mason said.