Barbados’ government has announced preparations to depose Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.
The procedure of excluding Queen Elizabeth will be completed on November 21, the nation’s 55th anniversary of independence from Britain.
The decision was made last year, when the government issued a statement saying, “The time has come to finally put our colonial history behind us.”
Barbadians, according to Prime Minister Mia Mottley, want a Barbadian head of state.
“This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving,” he said in a speech.
Reacting to the announcement, Buckingham Palace said that it was a matter for the government and people of Barbados.
Quoting a palace source BBC reported that the idea “was not out of the blue” and “has been mooted and publicly talked about many times.”