Barbados aims to remove the Queen as its constitutional monarch and become a republic by November 2021.
The Caribbean island's governor-general Dame Sandra Mason announced:
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.
Barbados gained independence from Britain in 1966, but retained the Queen as its head of state. They will join Dominica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago in republic status once the transition is complete.
Here are some of the reasons many think other countris should follow suit.
People think it's a "very wise" time for Barbados to step back from the British monarchy.
Very wise. Royalty is such an anachronism.
Well done for entering the 21st century, Barbados.
I hope Scotland ca… https://t.co/9SPzjdD7HY
— Conte Di Skedio #Indyref2 (@Conte Di Skedio #Indyref2)
Barbados removing the British monarch as Head of State? You love to see it! Respect from Wales! 👏🇧🇧🏴