Queen Elizabeth Greets Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason – Getty Images
The ceremony will mark the official transformation of the small country into a republic.
Barbados, a former British colony that gained independence in 1966, will completely sever its ties to the UK next week. The territory, located in Central America, will no longer have Elizabeth II as head of state and will become a republic.
“The time has come to completely leave our colonial past behind”, declared, in September, the governor-general of the small island country, Sandra Manson.
According to information from CNN, the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles will be present at an event that will take place this Monday night, 29, representing the royal family. He was called by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley to attend local celebrations as a guest of honor.
At the ceremony, Mason will be sworn in as the first president of the country of nearly 300,000 people. At the age of 73, she, who is a former jurist, was elected by the Barbados parliament last month.
“Becoming a republic is maturing,” said Guy Hewitt, who served as Barbados’ High Commissioner in the UK from 2014 to 2018.
“I make the analogy of when a child grows up and has their own house, has their own mortgage, returns the keys to their parents because they say they’re moving on,” he concluded.
source: with agencies