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World Barbados Ending Queen's Reign as Head of State With Prince Charles in Attendance

08:35  30 november  2021
08:35  30 november  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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The Caribbean island of Barbados is readying to leave behind Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and transition into a republic when it swears in its first president shortly after midnight Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. Prince Charles arrived in Barbados Sunday in anticipation of the Prince Charles attends a meeting with Mason on March 19, 2019 in Bridgetown, Barbados . Tim Rooke/WPA Pool/Getty Images. Thousands of people were expected to watch the late-night event on TV, listen to it on the radio or see it in person at a popular square where the statue of a well-known British lord was

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The Caribbean island of Barbados is readying to leave behind Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and transition into a republic when it swears in its first president shortly after midnight Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. Prince Charles arrived in Barbados Sunday in anticipation of the ceremony, where he was honored with a 21-gun salute.

The Prince of Wales, the most high-profile guest set to attend the swearing-in of Barbados' first president, is scheduled to speak before president-elect Governor General Sandra Mason officially assumes her position Tuesday. Prince Charles attends a meeting with Mason on March 19, 2019 in Bridgetown, Barbados. © Tim Rooke/WPA Pool/Getty Images The Prince of Wales, the most high-profile guest set to attend the swearing-in of Barbados' first president, is scheduled to speak before president-elect Governor General Sandra Mason officially assumes her position Tuesday. Prince Charles attends a meeting with Mason on March 19, 2019 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The Prince of Wales, the most high-profile guest set to attend the swearing-in, is scheduled to speak before president-elect Governor General Sandra Mason officially assumes her position. The island of more than 300,000 people elected Mason, one of the queen's appointees, in a two-thirds majority vote in October.

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The country of Barbados is preparing to become a republic, removing Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state , ending historical ties with the United Kingdom. On Monday, the Queen ' s son, Prince Charles , arrived in the island nation in time for ceremonies taking place on Tuesday - the 55th anniversary of their independence from the British Empire. A source at Buckingham Palace said that the idea "was not out of the blue", with Prince Charles arriving in Barbados as a representative of the Queen to take part in the country's ceremonies. November 30 1966 is an important day in the history of Barbados

Prince Charles will be in attendance as a representative of the Queen but also in his role as her successor as head of the Commonwealth. Prince Charles , who landed last night, will see a final salute to the British monarchy and watch as the Queen ’ s standard is lowered. Prince Charles being greeted by Dame Sandra Mason as he arrives at Bridgetown Airport in BarbadosJeff J Mitchell / Getty Images. According to the Telegraph, the Prince of Wales will say in his speech: ‘As your constitutional status changes, it was important to me that I should join you to reaffirm those things which do not

Barbados, a former British colony nicknamed "Little England" in the past, is one of the Caribbean's wealthier countries with its tourism, manufacturing and finance industries, the AP reported. Its transition into a republic concludes an effort that began more than two decades ago.

Mason will be sworn in as the country celebrates its 55th anniversary of gaining independence from Britain, the AP reported.

"The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind," Mason said during a speech to Parliament last month, adding that Barbados is looking to maintain its relationship with Britain's leadership despite the separation.

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Barbados will remove Britain' s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state on Monday. The Royal Standard flag that represents the queen will be lowered in the capital Bridgetown at midnight local time (0400 GMT) in a ceremony that coincides with the country' s 55th year of independence. In attendance at the celebrations will be Prince Charles , heir apparent to the British throne, who arrived in the country on Sunday. Who is Barbados ' s new president? Mason had previously served as governor-general of Barbados , representing the queen in the former Commonwealth realm.

Barbados ditched Britain' s Queen Elizabeth as head of state , forging a new republic on Tuesday with its first-ever president and severing its last remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 years after the first English ships arrived at the Caribbean island. At the strike of midnight, the new republic was born, shortly after Queen Elizabeth' s royal standard was lowered over a crowded Heroes Square in Bridgetown. Prince Charles , heir to the British throne, was on hand to witness the transition, which republicans hope will spur discussion of similar proposals in other former British colonies that have

"It should be a historic moment," said Dennis Edwards, a property manager who was born in Guyana but lives in Barbados.

His son was born on the island, so Edwards said he plans to take him to see the once-in-a-lifetime event: "He's a Bajan."

Prime Minister Mia Mottley praised the election of Mason at the time, saying, "We have just elected among us a woman who is uniquely and passionately Barbadian...I can think therefore of no better person at this juncture of our nation."

Mottley added that the "responsibilities and rights come with the understanding that there is no one else to look over us...This is our moment."

Mason, 72, is an attorney and judge who also has served as ambassador to Venezuela, Colombia, Chile and Brazil.

Barbados has slowly distanced itself from its colonial past after gaining independence from the United Kingdom in November 1966, more than three hundred centuries after English settlers arrived and turned the island into a wealthy sugar colony based on the work of hundreds of thousands of African slaves.

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The Caribbean island of Barbados on Monday prepared to wave goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II as head of state as it cuts ties with its colonial past and becomes a republic for the first time in history. The preparations come a month after the parliament of the former British colony once nicknamed “Little England” elected The Prince of Wales was greeted with a 21-gun salute and is scheduled to speak ahead of the president-elect. Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason, who was appointed by the queen , is scheduled to be sworn in as president shortly after midnight on Tuesday, which marks the

Prince Charles headed to Barbados as the country becomes a republic and elects its first president after dropping Queen Elizabeth as head of state . At that time, Mason will replace Queen Elizabeth as the head of state in the nation' s process of becoming a republic. At the transition ceremony on Monday night, Charles will emphasize the continuing ties and shared values that remain between the U.K. and Barbados despite the changes that are taking place and reaffirm the friendship he has had with the island since he first visited about 50 years ago.

In 2005, Barbados dropped the London-based Privy Council in favor of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice as its final court of appeal. Then in 2008, it proposed a referendum on the issue of becoming a republic, but it was pushed back indefinitely. Last year, Barbados announced plans to stop being a constitutional monarchy and removed a statue of British Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson from National Heroes Square, the location of the ceremony to celebrate the looming republic status.

Barbados did not need permission from the U.K. to become a republic, although the island will remain a member of the Commonwealth Realm, the first nation to do so after ceasing to be a constitutional monarchy.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement Monday that Britain and Barbados would remain friends and allies: "Ours is a partnership built to last as we tackle shared global challenges like the climate crisis and global recovery from the pandemic together."

The transformation into a republic is an event the Caribbean has not seen since the 1970s, when Guyana, Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago became republics.

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Edwards, the Bajan property manager born in Guyana, said his native country faced a difficult time after becoming a republic because a lot of British-owned businesses pulled out at the time.

"It was a very rough patch for years," he recalled, adding that he expects the results to be much different for Barbados. "It was a different time back then."

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales arrives at Bridgetown Airport on November 28, 2021 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images © Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Prince Charles, Prince of Wales arrives at Bridgetown Airport on November 28, 2021 in Bridgetown, Barbados. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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