Barbados renounces Queen Elizabeth of England to become a republic

Prince Charles arrives in Barbados to celebrate the founding of a republic
Britain’s Prince Charles arrives at Grantley Adams Airport for events marking the Caribbean island’s transition to a new republic, Bridgetown, Barbados, November 28, 2021. REUTERS / Toby Melville

November 30, 2021

By Guy Faulconbridge and Brian Ellsworth

BRIDGETOWN (Reuters) – Barbados deposed Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state, built a new republic on Tuesday with its first president and severed its last remaining colonial ties. it’s almost 400 years after the first British ships arrived in the Caribbean.

At midnight strike, the new republic was born to the cheers of hundreds of people lined up along Chamberlain Bridge in the capital, Bridgetown. 21 shots salute as Barbados’s national anthem is played in crowded Heroes’ Square.

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, stood sternly as Queen Elizabeth’s royal standards were lowered and Barbados recently announced, a step republicans hope will spur discussion of the issues. Similar production occurs in other former British colonies whose Queen is their sovereign.

President Sandra Mason, the island’s first president, said: “We the people must give the Republic of Barbados its spirit and essence. “We have to shape its future. We are each other’s and the custodians of our nation. We are Barbados. ”

Barbados carried out the removal of Elizabeth II, who remained queen of 15 other kingdoms including Great Britain, Australia, Canada and Jamaica, as a way to finally break with the demons of its colonial history. .

“The founding of this republic offers a new beginning,” said Prince Charles, whose mother sent her warmest wishes.

“From the darkest days of our past and the terrible atrocities of slavery forever staining our history, the people of this island have forged their way with extraordinary resilience.”

After a dazzling performance of Barbadian dance and music, along with speeches commemorating the end of colonial rule, Barbadian singer Rihanna was joined by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, leader of the republican movement. of Barbados, declared a national hero.

The birth of the republic, 55 years since Barbados declared independence, frees almost all of the colonial ties that have kept the tiny island tied to Britain since a British ship declared it. it to King James I in 1625.

It could also be indicative of a broader effort by other former colonies to sever ties with the British monarchy as it prepares for the end of Elizabeth’s nearly 70-year reign and the demise of the British monarchy. future join of Charles.

“Let’s put an end to this colonial site altogether,” Winston Farrell, a Barbadian poet, told the ceremony. “Some grew up stupid under Union Jack, lost in castles of flesh.”

“It’s about us, rising from the sugarcane fields, restoring our history,” he said. “Stop all she wants to say, put a Bajan there instead.”


Prince Charles’ speech emphasized the two nations’ continued friendship despite his acknowledgment of the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade.

While Britain considers slavery a sin of the past, some Barbadians are calling for British reparations.

Activist David Denny celebrates the founding of the republic but said he opposes Prince Charles’ visit, noting that the royal family has for centuries benefited from the slave trade.

“Our movement also wants the royal family to give back,” Denny said in an interview in Bridgetown.

The British initially employed white English servants to work on plantations growing tobacco, cotton, indigo, and sugar, but Barbados in just a few decades would become the first truly lucrative slave society. England’s ancestor.

Barbados received 600,000 enslaved Africans between 1627 and 1833, who were put to work in the sugar plantations, earning fortunes for the English owners.

More than 10 million Africans were shackled by European nations to the Atlantic slave trade from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Those who survived the often brutal voyage ended up living hard lives. over the plantations.

“I’m overjoyed,” Ras Binghi, a tailor in Bridgetown, told Reuters before the ceremony. Binghi says he will greet the new republic with drink and smoke.

Barbados will remain a republic within the Commonwealth, a group of 54 countries across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.

Outside of the lavish official ceremony, some Barbadians said they weren’t sure what the transition to a republic even meant or why it mattered world/americas/barbados-heads-toward-republic-some-wonder-why-it-issue-2021-11-28.

“They should let Queen Elizabeth stay – let her be the boss. I don’t understand why we need to be a republic,” said Sean Williams, 45, standing in the shadow of an independence monument.

The last time the queen was removed from her position as head of state was in 1992 when the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean declared itself a republic.

(Written by Guy Faulconbridge in Bridgetown and Brian Ellsworth in Washington; Writing by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Daniel Flynn, Lisa Shumaker and Lincoln Feast.) Barbados renounces Queen Elizabeth of England to become a republic


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