Barbados is a beautiful island country in the Caribbean which is a popular tourist destination.
Originally inhabited by the Island Caribs also called the Kalinago, Barbados was visited by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century and claimed by their crown. The Portuguese came next and claimed the island between 1532 and 1536, but later abandoned it in 1620. In 1625 the English ship Olive Blossom came to shore and took possession for King James, sending permanent settler in 1627. Barbados then became a wealthy sugar colony and the English center of the African slave trade. This continued until the slave trade was outlawed in 1807.
Barbados became an independent state of the Commonwealth on November 30, 1966, with Elizabeth II as it's Queen.
The Governor-General of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason was a practicing lawyer who has served as a High Court Judge in Saint Lucia and a Court of Appeal judge in Barbados gave a speech on September 15, 2020, that seeks to change the role of the Queen in Barbados.
"The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind. Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State."
"Having attained Independence over half a century ago, our country can be in no doubt about its capacity for self-governance. The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind," Mason said . "Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving."
The 55th anniversary of independence for Barbados takes place on November 30, 2021, and they plan to move "toward full sovereignty and become a Republic" by that date.
Governor-General, Dame Sandra Mason calls Barbados the "best governed Black society in the world" and wants the country to be represented by its own people.
Buckingham Palace has said Barbados' intention to remove the Queen as head of state and become a republic is a 'matter' for the Caribbean nation.