Sandra Mason

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Barbados to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and become a republic
Queen Elizabeth II
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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."