Barbados – the world’s newest republic
Nearly 400 years after the country became a British colony, Barbados has become the world’s newest republic.
At, Chamberlain Bridge in the capital, Bridgetown. A 21 gun salute fired as the national anthem of Barbados was played over a crowded Heroes Square.
The Caribbean island nation removed Queen Elizabeth II as the head of the state in a ceremony attended by Prince Charles.
Dame Sandra Prunella Mason
, who was selected to become the first president of Barbados last month, took over as the President of the country.
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
No plans to change the flags, coat of arms, national pledge or national anthem. However, th
e terms “royal” and “crown” would be dropped fro
m all official references
Barbadian singer Rihanna was declared a national hero by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, the leader of Barbados' republican movement.
"The creation of this republic offers a new beginning," said Prince Charles, whose mother sent her warmest wishes.