Barbados became a new republic in the eyes of Charles and the Queen sent ‘best wishes’ – World News

The Queen has sent “warmest wishes for your happiness, peace and prosperity in the future” to the new Republic of Barbados as it celebrates its “important day”.

In a message to the new president, Dame Sandra Mason, and her Caribbean citizens, the Queen praised the nation, which has a “special place” at its heart for “its vibrant culture, its sportsmanship and its natural beauty”.

Barbados became a republic during a ceremony attended by prominent figures from the country including Prime Minister Mia Motley Fool and superstar Rihanna, in which the Prince of Wales gave a speech acknowledging the “horrific tyranny of slavery”.

As midnight approached, Carol Roberts-Riefer, chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation, announced Barbados’ transition to new constitutional status.

The Prince of Wales gives a speech acknowledging the “horrific tyranny of slavery”


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Dame Sandra was sworn in by the Chief Justice of Barbados, and guests in the square applauded as they took the oath of allegiance to their country.

The guests applauded even louder when “His Excellency Dame Sandra Prunella Mason President of Barbados” was announced.

Later, Ms. Motley Fool announced that Rihanna would receive the honor of National Hero of Barbados.

In his speech, during the ceremony marking the historic transformation of Barbados into the republic, the Prince of Wales acknowledged the “horrific tyranny of slavery”, describing it as “the taint of our history forever”.

Charles summarized the period when Britain was one of the leading players in the transatlantic slave trade as “the darkest days of our past”, but looked to the future, saying that “the creation of this republic provided a new beginning”. “.

The prince will be the head of state of several nations in the Caribbean when he becomes king and his words will reverberate across the region.

The heir to the throne witnessed the symbolic moment as the Queen’s standard was lowered for the last time and the presidential flag was unfurled at midnight local time on 30 November, the 55th anniversary of independence from Britain.

Charles told guests including Prime Minister Mia Motley of Barbados and singer Rihanna: “The creation of this republic provides a new beginning, but it also marks a point on a continuum, a milestone on a long road that You have not only traveled, but who you have built.

“From the darkest days of our past, and the terrible tyranny of slavery that forever stains our history, the people of this island made their way with extraordinary courage.

“Liberation, self-government and independence were your way-points.

“Freedom, justice and self-determination have been your guides.

Prominent celebrities including pop star Rihanna attended the ceremony


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Rihanna to be honored as National Hero of Barbados


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“Your long journey has led you to this moment, not as your destination, but as a vantage point from which to survey a new horizon.”

His words echoed a speech he gave during a tour of West Africa in 2018, when, after visiting a site in Ghana where Africans were sent to a life of slavery, he described the “slave trade” on the world. Indelible stain”.

The celebrations have sparked protests in Barbados with activists demanding an apology and reparations from the monarchy and the UK government for slavery.

During the 17th and 18th centuries the heirs supported or earned money from the transport and sale of people for profit.

As slavery abolitionists campaigned against the trade, they were opposed to the Duke of Clarence, the son of George III, later to become William IV.

The Royal Standard is removed during the presidential inauguration ceremony



The royal and the rest of the pro-slavery lobby would eventually lose the battle when William Wilberforce and other abolitionists succeeded in passing a bill banning the slave trade in 1807.

Charles’ speech was a positive message, as if written to a close acquaintance, with no remorse over the decision taken by the leaders of Barbados.

He listed ways to “stay deeply committed to this special country”, highlighting his Prince’s Trust International’s ongoing efforts supporting the youth of Barbados and his work with his government on issues such as climate change.

The prince said: “I will always consider myself a friend of Barbados.

“Tonight you write the next chapter in your country’s story, adding to the treasures of past achievement, collective enterprise and individual courage that have already filled its pages.

Charles watches the ceremony in Bridgetown



“You have a story in which every Barbadian, young and old, can take the greatest pride – what has come before them and is convinced of what lies ahead.”

In her message, the Queen said: “On this momentous occasion and on your taking over as the first President of Barbados, I congratulate you and all Barbadians.

“I first visited your beautiful country on the eve of independence in early 1966, and I am very glad that my son is with you today.

“Since then, the people of Barbados have held a special place in my heart; it is a country that prides itself on its vibrant culture, its sportsmanship and its natural beauty, which attracts visitors from all over the world, including many from the United Kingdom. attracts.

“Over the years, our countries have enjoyed a partnership based on shared values, shared prosperity and close cooperation on a range of issues, including recent work on climate change.

A dancer performing during a ceremony


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“It is also a source of great satisfaction that Barbados remains an active participant within the Commonwealth, and I look forward to continuing the friendship between our two countries and peoples.

“As you celebrate this momentous day, I send my best wishes to you and all Barbadians for your happiness, peace and prosperity in the future.”

The Queen was Barbados’s head of state since it became independent in 1966.

The issue of becoming a republic was discussed at the national level for several decades before Prime Minister Mia Motley took the historic step last year.

Barbados was one of the Queen’s territories – the countries of which she is the head of state – which is now number 15, and other countries in the Caribbean region include Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and includes St. Vincent.

Britain’s commitment to maintaining a strong relationship with the Caribbean nation also appears to be a priority, with a business delegation of 25 British companies, for the first time in three years, meeting with Darren Henry, the prime minister’s trade envoy to the Caribbean, this month. Came in the beginning.

Europe and America Minister Wendy Morton arrived with the prince on Sunday and is making several visits to the island.

Graham Smith, chief executive officer of Republic, the organization campaigning for the elected head of state, said Barbados’s decision may affect others: “Many congratulations to Barbados for this historic moment in the story of their nation.

“Barbados is not only doing itself a favor, but is showing the way for the other 15 Commonwealth territories.”

He added: “The transition to Barbados has also triggered calls for the reparation of slavery and an apology from the royal family for their family’s share in the slave trade.

“Those calls are not going away and there is no way for the Royals to walk out of that debate without doing significant damage to their reputation.”

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