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Barbados has decided to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become a republic.

The Caribbean island nation’s government said: “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.”

The Barbadian government aims to complete the process in time for the 55th anniversary of independence from Britain, in November 2021.

A speech written by PM Mia Mottley said Barbadians wanted a local head of state.

It read: “This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.”

Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace said that it was a matter for the government and people of Barbados.

The statement was part of the Throne Speech, which outlines the Barbadian government’s policies and programs ahead of the new session of parliament.

While it is read out by the governor-general, it is written by the country’s prime minister.

The speech also quoted a warning from Errol Barrow, Barbados’s first prime minister after it gained independence, who said that the Caribbean country should not “loiter on colonial premises”.

Errol Barrow’s is not the only voice in Barbados that has been suggesting a move away from the monarchy. A constitutional review commission recommended republican status for Barbados in 1998.

Mia Mottley’s predecessor in officer, Freundel Stuart, also argued for a “move from a monarchical system to a republican form of government in the very near future”.

Rihanna in Barbados tourism campaign

Rihanna dances on a float at Kadooment carnival in Barbados

Rihanna donates $1.75 million to Barbados cancer hospital in honor of her grandmother Clara Braithwaite

Barbados would not be the first former British colony in the Caribbean to become a republic. Guyana took that step in 1970, less than four years after gaining independence from Britain. Trinidad and Tobago followed suit in 1976 and Dominica in 1978.

All three stayed within the Commonwealth, an association of former British colonies and current dependencies, along with some countries that have no historical ties to Britain.

Barbados key facts:

  • Is one of the more populous and prosperous Caribbean islands;
  • Gained its independence from Britain in 1966;
  • Queen Elizabeth II remains its constitutional monarch;
  • Once heavily dependent on the sugar exports, its economy has diversified into tourism and finance;
  • Its prime minister is Mia Mottley, elected in 2018 and the first woman to hold the post.


After reveling until the early hours of the morning at the Crop Over Festival Foreday Morning Jam in Barbados on Saturday, Rihanna was right back at it again on Monday.

This time, Rihanna, 25, was seen sipping out of a hip flask as she danced on a float during the Kadooment carnival, part of the eight day festival.

This time, Rihanna showed off her bikini body in a traditional carnival-style bejewelled two-piece, featuring a low-cut top and a high-cut bottom.

The singer paired the ensemble with a matching necklace, feathered shin guards and headpiece, as well as two cuffs around her wrists and a smattering of diamantes applied to the side of her face.

Rihanna’s look was completed by a pair of fishnet tights and a pair of Adidas trainers on her feet.

Rihanna at the Kadooment carnival

Rihanna at the Kadooment carnival

She wore shimmering silver hues for make-up and shielded her eyes with a pair blue-tinted sunglasses.

Rihanna was joined by several other similarly scantily-clad women, including her best pal Melissa Forde, on the float as she reveled in the sunshine.

And she was once again accompanied by her dutiful bodyguard who was also forced to babysit her from midnight till 6AM as she “dutty wined” at the festival on Saturday.

While she is in her hometown, Rihanna was taking no chances when she was joined by two of her bodyguards on Saturday morning as she partied it up in the island’s capital Bridgetown.

Much like on Monday, Rihanna’s bodyguard had the arduous task of watching her party all night – drink in hand – rather raucously.

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As Rihanna heads home to Barbados for Christmas it has been revealed that she has donated $1.75 million to a local cancer hospital.

The donation was made in memory of her late grandmother Clara Braithwaite, who died of cancer in June.

Rihanna’s generous donation led to the radiotherapy department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Bridgetown, being renamed the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, in memory of her “Gran Gran Dolly”.

The money paid for three vital pieces of equipment worth more than $3.5 million Barbados dollars.

Rihanna, 24, said: “This was my way of giving back to Barbados, in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization programme.

“I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done to save lives or at least extend them.”

Rihanna was accompanied by grandmother Dolly's husband, Lionel, and her mother, Monica Fenty as she has donated $1.75 million to a Barbados cancer hospital

Rihanna was accompanied by grandmother Dolly’s husband, Lionel, and her mother, Monica Fenty as she has donated $1.75 million to a Barbados cancer hospital

Rihanna was accompanied by Dolly’s husband, Lionel, and her mother, Monica Fenty as she visited the department this weekend.

The singer’s love of her grandmother was well known to fans, with the star often speaking of her on Twitter.

When she took a turn for the worse earlier this year Rihanna jetted to New York to be at her bedside.

And following her death Rihanna posted a series of family photos in a tribute to Clara Braithwaite.