Barbados to Sever Ties with British Crown by Nov 30, 2021

Barbados, a former British territory in the eastern Caribbean, would be a republic by November 30 with Governor-General Sandra Mason as President, replacing the British monarch as its head of state. 

“This is monumental from our point of view… this is the next step in our journey — cutting the umbilical cord that connects us to the U.K,” Suleiman Bulbulia, a member of the committee tasked with analyzing the change, said. 

Sandra Mason was elected last month by a two-thirds vote of a joint session of Barbados’ House of Assembly and Senate, a milestone, the government said, on its “road to republic”. 

On November 30, as Barbados celebrates its 55th anniversary of independence from the UK, Mason, 72, would be sworn in as first President. 

Mason was a former jurist who was also the first woman to serve on the Barbados Court of Appeals. 

Mason has been governor-general of the island since 2018.

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” Governor-General Mason said last year when the transition was announced. “Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state,” Mason said.


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