Barbados Becomes a Republic and Cuts Ties With British Monarchy

This morning, Barbados cut it’s remaining bonds with the British monarchy after nearly 400 years. During a ceremony held yesterday, Prince Charles acknowledged the ‘appalling atrocity of slavery’ as the nation removed Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State and inaugurated it’s first-ever President who happens to be the former representative to the Queen, Governor-General Sandra Mason. Barbados’ decision marks the first time in nearly 3 decades that a realm has opted to remove the British Monarch as Head of State. The last nation to do so was the island of Mauritius in 1992.