Royal family news, Caribbean edition. Queen Elizabeth will soon be removed from her position as Head of State of the Barbados Islands, and the announcement comes in the wake of a long premeditated and already irreversible decision. The choice of the Barbadian government, which has found ample sounding board on all the UK tabloids, obviously has to do with their own colonial background which – far from forgetting – they intend to overcome.
To communicate the departure of Queen Elizabeth – whose opinion, in all this, it would be interesting to know the opinion (but the policy of the docet press silence) – was Sandra Mason in person: according to a statement reported by edition.cnn.com, the Governor General of the Barbados Islands said that “the time has come to fully leave your colonial past behind”. As for the will, obviously, this would have been expressed by the citizens themselves. During the opening ceremony of Parliament last Tuesday, Sandra Mason read a speech written by Mia Mottley (a fragment is in the Instagram post of her social profile, below), the current Prime Minister of the nation, thus communicating the following decision: ” The Barbadians want a Head of State who is himself Barbadian. This (the revocation of Queen Elizabeth, ed) will therefore be the definitive affirmation of our identity and of what we are capable of achieving. Consequently, Barbados will proceed towards the next logical step, which will guide us towards full sovereignty and becoming a Republic on the occasion of our 55th anniversary of independence ”. That is, November 2021.
While royal family news could create discontent among the more conservative monarchists, the Barbados Islands are certainly not the first to declare themselves independent of Queen Elizabeth’s sovereignty. The source reminds us that previously it has already happened to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Jamaica and Mauritius. But, at random, what will the final decision entail on a non-institutional level? The question immediately takes us back to the (good) days of partnership between Prince Harry and Rihanna (aka Barbadian par excellence and the utmost pride of its native islands), when the two collaborated on behalf of the royal family on a project to raise awareness of AIDS prevention in Barbados itself. It will never happen again after the revocation of Her Majesty the Queen? God save the Queen, but never say never. From Megxit to a new Harry and Meghan collaboration with Rihanna – in Barbados – it could be a snap.
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