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In a big announcement this week, the Caribbean nation of Barbados is planning to walk out of the Commonwealth and remove Queen Elizabeth II
as the head of state. The Queen is the “constitutional monarch” of
Barbados since her independence on 30 November 1966. As the sovereign,
she is the personal embodiment of the Barbadian Crown.
Barbados Walks Out Of Commonwealth & Removes Queen Elizabeth II As Sovereign
Barbados walks out of CommonwealthBarbados’ Governor-General, Sandra Mason, gave a speech on Tuesday at
the state opening of Parliament, explaining that “the time has come to
fully leave our colonial past behind.” Mason, reading from a speech
written by Barbados’ Prime Minister, Mia Motteley, said that the plan is
for the country to become a republic, and that it could happen as early
as November 2021, which would coincide with the 55th anniversary of
when Barbados gained independence in 1966, reported CNN.
“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,” Mason said. “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.”
Monarchy of BarbadosThe Queen is the “constitutional monarch” of Barbados since her independence on 30 November 1966, per the Royal Family’s official website.
As the sovereign, she is the personal embodiment of the Barbadian
Crown. Although the person of the sovereign is equally shared with 15
other independent countries within the Commonwealth of Nations, each
country’s monarchy is separate and legally distinct.
As a result, the current monarch is officially titled Queen of
Barbados and, in this capacity, she, her husband, and other members of
the Royal Family undertake public and private functions domestically and
abroad as representatives of the Barbadian state.
However, the Queen is the only member of the Royal Family with any
constitutional role. The Queen lives predominantly in the United Kingdom
and, while several powers are the sovereign’s alone, most of the royal
governmental and ceremonial duties in Barbados are carried out by the
Queen’s representative, the governor-general.
Many in Barbados
have wanted to remove Queen Elizabeth’s status as head of state for
quite some time, as they see it as the “symbolic presence of
imperialism,” according to CNN. Mauritius is the last country to drop
the Queen as head of state, which it did in 1992.
Commonwealth RealmsA Commonwealth Realm is a country which has The Queen as its Monarch.
There are 15 Commonwealth Realms in addition to the UK, per the Royal
Family’s official website.
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Some of the powers of the Crown are exercisable by the monarch (such
as appointing governors-general) and others by the governor-general
(such as calling parliamentary elections).
List of Commonwealth Realms
- The Bahamas
- Barbados (planning to quit)
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- St Christopher and Nevis
- St Lucia
Interestingly, the Royal Family website displays only 12 nations in the Commonwealth Realms out of 15. Which are the other 3?
Is your nation also a dominion of the Commonwealth? Let us know in the comments below.
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