Barbados Fires Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State, Ends Colonial Ties

TRIBUNNEWS.COM – Barbados will next week sack Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.

The island nation in the Caribbean Sea will break colonial ties with the British monarchy because it will become a republic.

“This is the end of the story of colonial exploitation of mind and body,” said Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, a Barbados historian.

“This is a historic moment for Barbados, the Caribbean and all postcolonial societies,” he said.

“The islanders have fought, not only for freedom and justice, but to escape the tyranny of imperial and colonial authority,” said Beckles, vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with the Governor-General of Barbados Elliott Belgrave ahead of the Governor-General’s lunch in honor of the Queen’s 90th birthday at Buckingham Palace in London on June 10, 2016. (AFP)

This means that it is the first time a royal territory has removed the Queen as its own head of state in 30 years.

On the other hand, Mauritius in the Indian Ocean region is still loyal to the Commonwealth despite proclaiming it as a republic.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said this was a matter for the government and the people of Barbados.

Barbados belongs to the British Commonwealth (The Commonwealth) along with 53 other countries which were former British colonies.

History of the Colonialization of Barbados

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