Barbados removes Queen as head of state and becomes Republic – BBC News

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The Prince of Wales, has arrived in Barbados to attend the ceremony marking the island’s transition to a Republic, with the Queen removed as head of state.

The Barbados government said the time had come to fully leave the country’s colonial past behind.

Barbados gained its independence from the UK in 1966 and has since been a Commonwealth realm. Now it has cut its ties with the British royal family. Its membership of the Commonwealth will continue.

Sandra Mason, a Barbadian who has served as the island’s governor general is becoming the country’s first president.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Celestina Olulode in Barbados.

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