INDEPENDENT (UK) – Barbados has set a date for the removal of Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state, with the former British colony set to replace the monarch with a ceremonial president from independence day next year.
If all goes to the government’s plan, the Caribbean island will become a republic by 30 November 2016 – the 50th anniversary of it becoming a sovereign state.
The Prime minister, Freundel Stuart, has previously said it is “a little awkward in the year 2015 to still have to stand up and instead of pledging allegiance to Barbados to be pledging allegiance to ‘Her Majesty the Queen.’”
But Mr Stuart requires a two-thirds majority in Parliament to get the plan through – meaning it is not certain that Elizabeth will have been relieved of her duties as Queen of Barbados by independence day next year.
The timetable for Bermuda’s transition to a republic was reported by the Caribbean News Service website.