Barbados officials announced on Tuesday that the country is set to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become a republic by next year.
“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,” Barbados Governor-General Sandra Mason said in a Tuesday speech written by the nation's prime minister, Mia Mottley, ahead of the opening of Parliament.
“Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state. This is the ultimate statement of confidence of who we are and what we are capable of achieving,” she continued.