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Regional News • Americas • Central America
Barbados to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and become a republic
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II Credit: Iain Cameron (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Sandra Mason, Barbados Governor-General, announced Tuesday the country would move "toward full sovereignty and become a Republic" by November 30, 2021, and will remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley stated: "The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind. Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence."

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
Captain Tom Moore has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth
Arise, Captain Sir Thomas Moore!  Today The Queen conferred the Honour of Knighthood on @captaintommoore  at an Investiture at #WindsorCastle.
Arise, Captain Sir Thomas Moore! Today The Queen conferred the Honour of Knighthood on @captaintommoore at an Investiture at #WindsorCastle. Credit: @RoyalFamily via Twitter

Captain Tom Moore, the British WWII veteran who raised £32 million for health care workers by walking laps in his garden, has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth on Friday. In the Queen's first official engagement in person since the Covid-19 lockdown, she praised the 100-year-old veteran and thanked him for the donation he had raised.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, celebrates 99th birthday
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland in 2007
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland in 2007 Credit: Photo Credit: NASA/Paul E. Alers / Public domain

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, celebrates his 99th birthday on June 10.

Both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been self-isolating in Windsor Castle where they will also be celebrating Prince Philip's birthday in private.