Barbados plans to replace queen

Barbados has announced its plan to remove the British queen as tititular head of state and become a republic by November 2016, in time for the celebration of the Caribbean island’s 50th anniversary of independence.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says it makes no sense for the former British territory to keep Queen Elizabeth II as head of state in a country that is otherwise independence. A spokesperson from Buckingham Palace said that the issue was one for the people of Barbados to decide.

The announcement comes after decades of debate within Barbados between mainly older islanders who view the queen as a symbol of stability, and the younger population who see her as an anachronism.