Barbados plans to remove all remnants of colonization by 2021 — including stripping Queen Elizabeth II of her standing in the nation.
In a rousing speech to parliament, Governor-General Sandra Mason announced her plans to remove Head Colonizer in Charge Queen Elizabeth II, as head of its current constitutional monarchy according to the Prime Minister's Office of Barbados. The Queen has headed the Caribbean-island nation since its independence from Britain in 1966.
Reading a speech written by Bajan Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason stated, "The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind."
"Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State," she continued. "This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving."
She also referenced her commitment to make the country "a global force of the 21st Century."
The predominantly Black nation is one of the more prosperous and profitable islands in the Caribbean, according to a thesis written by Dr. Delise Worrell. Tourism has had a positive impact on the country's economy. And Barbados' biggest export, megastar Rihanna, may have helped the economy after she shared photos of herself getting lit at celebratory fetes in her native homeland.
The Bajan government has spoken of the throne's absolution previously in 1998 during its constitutional review, according to the Barbados Parliament website.
There are 16 remaining countries that still yield to the British throne. They are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas, Granada, Belize, Jamaica, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Tuvalu, according to the Royal Palace's website.
Reactions regarding Barbados to drop the constitutional monarchy were mixed.
Twitter user Henry's Cousin seemed to welcome the decision.
I’m from Barbados and I’m happy we are making this choice. The world is changing its a natural move for the country I think. I live in Quebec (French province in Canada) and they would pull outta the commonwealth faster than a one night stand. They hate all things British.
— Henrys ????????cousin (@aminapina) September 16, 2020
K. Diallo reiterated Prime Minister Mia Mottley''s words in quotes writing,
"The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind." – Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados
Barbados will remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become a republic by next year, making it the first country to drop the monarch in nearly three decades. pic.twitter.com/FpEWN57jUB
— K.Diallo ☭ (@nyeusi_waasi) September 17, 2020
Twitter user Kevz Politics pointed out that not all of Her Highness' subjects wanted to see her go.
#FOCUS: In 2009, St Vincent & the Grenadines held constitutional referendum which, if approved, would've seen removal of Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State among other changes; Vincentians voted no to changing the constitution.
No – 55.2%
Yes – 43.7%
Voter turnout: 53.4% pic.twitter.com/FS3A7Xll5S
— Kevz Politics (@KevzPolitics) September 17, 2020
While the uncertainties of the throne remain among other Caribbean nations, it is safe to say that Barbados has had enough of that colonized life.