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British Queen wishes Barbados prosperity as island becomes republic

09:44, 30 November 2021
British Queen wishes Barbados prosperity as island becomes republic Photo: Stephen Lock/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

Barbados has become a Republic with the first-ever President, thus replacing the British Queen from the head of state and shedding vestiges of the colonial system that overwhelmed the island back 400 years. 


Elizabeth II, whose oldest son Prince Charles was invited to the ceremony as the honorable guest, congratulated the citizens of the Caribbean island and the newly elected President Sandra Mason, wishing all the Barbadians peace and further prosperity to the republic.

The Queen said: “On this significant occasion and your assumption of office as the first President of Barbados, I extend my congratulations to you and all Barbadians.”

Elizabeth remembered her first visit to the island in early 1966, the year when Barbados became independent, saying the Queen was glad that the royal member Prince Charles attended the inauguration ceremony in the island, underlining that Barbadians “have held a special place in my heart.”

“Over the years, our countries have enjoyed a partnership based on common values, shared prosperity, and close collaboration on a wide range of issues, including recent work on climate change. It is also a source of great satisfaction that Barbados remains an active participant within the Commonwealth, and I look forward to the continuation of the friendship between our two countries and peoples.”

“As you celebrate this momentous day, I send you and all Barbadians my warmest good wishes for your happiness, peace, and prosperity in the future.”

Becoming a republic and replacing the Queen with the first President, who has been elected a month ago, Barbados is not expected to suffer economically and the changes wouldn’t somehow deteriorate the situation on the island.