Decades after the idea of Barbados becoming a Republic was bandied about, it is set to finally become a reality.
And the historic shift to Republican status will occur within the next 14 months.
Governor General Dame Sandra Mason delivered the unexpected news this morning as she delivered her Throne Speech at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Speaking before the packed Frangipani Room, Dame Sandra said the time had come for Barbados to become self-governing.
She revealed that the move to transition from a parliamentary constitutional monarchy under a hierarchy monarchy, to a Republic, would be realized before the island celebrated its 55th anniversary of independence on November 30, 2021.
“The peril and uncertainty of the times compel us to reinforce our foundation. Equally, we are challenged to shore up our traditional structures and find stronger, more resilient, more sustainable architecture, on which we can build a modern and enduring structure for current and future generations,” Dame Sandra said.