Barbados, a Caribbean island country, has become a newly born republic as its head of state with the British Queen as of state from November 30.
According to AFP, November 30 coincided with the 55th anniversary of Barbados’ independence, and Barbados began to celebrate the military parade on the 29th. British Crown Prince Charles will go to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, to watch the celebration.
Barbados covers an area of about 430 square kilometers and a population of about 28.8 million. It was occupied by Britain in the early 17th century. It became independent on November 30, 1966 and then became a member of the Commonwealth, with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state.
Sandra Mason, the current Governor elected by the Barbados Parliament and appointed by the British Queen, will become the first president of the Republic of Barbados. This position is basically only symbolic, and the state administration of Barbados is actually headed by Prime Minister Mia Motley.
According to AFP, slavery was carried out in Barbados for more than 200 years during British colonization until 1834.