Caribbean Island of Barbados becomes a Republic

Nearly 400 years after the country became a British colony, Barbados has become the world’s newest republic.

The Caribbean island nation removed Queen Elizabeth II as the head of the state in a ceremony attended by Prince Charles. Barbados, however, will continue to be one of the 54 Commonwealth nations.

Dame Sandra Prunella Mason, who was selected to become the first president of Barbados last month, took over as the President of the country.

There are no plans to change the flags, coat of arms, national pledge or national anthem. However, the terms “royal” and “crown” would be dropped from all official references.

Hence, Royal Barbados Police Force will become Barbados Police Force and crown lands would become state lands.

Barbados, which is said to have been made a ‘slave society’ by the British, first became an English colony when a ship arrived at the Caribbean in 1625.

On November 30, 1966, Barbados gained its independence.