Barbados Cuts Ties with England to Become the Newest Caribbean Republic

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Barbados swears in the countries first president. Photo credits to CreditCredit Randy Brooks/Agence France-Presse of Getty Images

Alexander Chen , Managing Editor

On November 30th, 2021, Barbados officially became a republic. The Caribbean island democracy, known for its beautiful beaches and love of cricket, has finally departed from its colonial past. Though Barbados declared its independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, it never removed the Queen of Britain as its figurehead. Now, Barbados has finally replaced Queen Elizabeth II with a new female president, Sandra Mason; she was elected by both houses of the Barbados Parliament without any opposition.

Sandra Prunella Mason has certainly earned her new position. As the incumbent Governor-General, she is the natural successor to the Presidency. Before her governorship, she was the first female justice on the Barbados Supreme Court. Mason also has extensive experience as an ambassador to three different countries.

Barbadian singer Rihanna and Prince Charles both attended the uncoupling ceremony in the country’s capital, Bridgetown. Charles delivered the Queen’s warmest wishes and congratulated the fledgling nation for its “extraordinary fortitude.” Rihanna was declared a national hero for her astounding success and her steadfast “commitment to the land of her birth.”

“Vessel Republic Barbados has set sail on her maiden voyage,” said Mason. We wish the new republic the best of luck as they traverse the seas of newfound liberty.