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Michael Bubré
post Mar 24 2015, 08:32 PM
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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/am...n-10128601.html

Queen Elizabeth II has been the head of state of Barbados since their independence in 1966 but that is set to change soon as they have decided to remove their monarchy and become a republic next year.

Good news? Bad news? Didn't even know Barbados had the Queen?

To be honest I'm rather surprised that the Commonwealth realms have gone this long without removing the Queen, I wouldn't be surprised if this news sparks similar events in other countries. It seems to be a pretty meaningless role but nonetheless poor Lizzy.
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post Mar 24 2015, 08:33 PM
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Barbados already has a queen, it's Rihanna
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post Mar 24 2015, 08:49 PM
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She's just a mere few months away from passing Queen Vic's longevity record, but seriously didn't even realise Barbados had her as head of state.

She's still got Bermuda at least.
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post Mar 24 2015, 09:19 PM
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I suspect more commonwealth countries will remove our monarch as head of state when the Queen dies/Charles is King.
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post Mar 24 2015, 11:23 PM
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I just assume that the Governor-Generals are the individual and practical head of state in the Commonwealth while the Queen remains a figurehead. But yes, poor Lizzy, I'm sure she'll be devastated.

Yay for a ceremonial President replacing her instead I guess.
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post Mar 24 2015, 11:29 PM
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Australia had a referendum on becoming a republic some years ago. However, they rejected the alternative on offer. If they had been offered an elected head of state, they would probably have gone for it.

It seems extraordinary that a country would want a head of state who is not a citizen of that country and rarely visits it.
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