Barbados freed from the queen and made Rihanna a national hero

The Caribbean state of Barbados has completed the process of abandoning the political system, according to which the Queen of Great Britain was the formal head of the country. Immediately after that, the authorities announced the singer Rihanna a national hero

Prince Charles, Rihanna, Sandra Mason, former cricketer Garfield Sobers and Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley (right to left)

Barbados officially became a republic on November 30 and was released from under the rule of the British monarchy, reports Reuters. The first elected President of Barbados, Sandra Mason, took office today.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles. & laquo; Creation of a new republic & mdash; this is a new beginning. The inhabitants of this island have made their way with extraordinary steadfastness from the darkest days of our past, the horrific and brutal slavery that has tarnished our history forever, '' & mdash; he said in his address, conveying best wishes from Queen Elizabeth II.

The Caribbean island state of Barbados, whose population now numbers about 300 thousand people, has been under the rule of the British crown since the 17th century. The backbone of the economy of this British possession were plantations on which slave labor was used. Slavery in the British colonies was only abolished in 1834. In 1966, Barbados gained state independence from Great Britain, but remained a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations. The formal head of state, as in a number of other former colonies, remained the monarch of Great Britain, who appointed his representative & mdash; Governor General. In fact, since the independence of such countries, governor-generals were appointed by the queen solely on the recommendation of local authorities, while the executive power remained in the hands of the national government.

In September 2020, the Barbados authorities decided to finally abandon this system and end the formal subordination of the British queen. “The time has come to completely leave our colonial past behind”, & mdash; said in a statement by the country's government. Buckingham Palace did not object to this decision, stating that the issue of choosing the head of state & mdash; it is an internal affair of the government and the people of the island. A BBC source claimed that such a decision by the Barbados authorities did not come as a surprise to the royal family and had been discussed several times before.

The first President of Barbados was the last Governor General Sandra Mason, she was elected by the country's parliament in October 2021. Mason held the position of the British Queen's representative since 2017. Her inauguration was postponed until November 30 due to the fact that on this date the country's Independence Day is celebrated.

One of the first decisions of the government of Barbados after the final exit from the rule of the British monarchy was the declaration of a “ national hero '' country of the singer Rihanna, who was born on this island. This was announced by Prime Minister Mia Mottley at the inauguration ceremony of the first president. Rihanna also attended the event. In 2018, the singer was awarded the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Barbados. “ We present to you the elected national hero of Barbados and the ambassador & mdash; Robin Rihanna Fenty (Rihanna's full name. & Mdash; RBK ). And keep shining like a diamond '', & mdash; the Prime Minister addressed her, making a reference to one of Rihanna's most popular songs, Diamonds.


After Barbados renounced the monarchy, 14 countries remain in the world that recognize the British monarch as head of state … In all of them, this tradition remains rather a formality & mdash; Elizabeth II has no real influence on the policies of these countries. A similar principle is described by the formula “the monarch reigns, but does not rule.” A feature of this system is that being under the rule of the British Queen is not tantamount to state dependence on Great Britain, such countries remain officially sovereign. Among the states where the British monarch continues to be considered the head of state, there are, for example, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica.

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