As Barbados announces plans to remove Queen Elizabeth II from her post as head of state by the end of next year, social media users are calling on Barbadian singer Rihanna to replace her to the throne.
On Wednesday, the Caribbean island government said “the time has come to put our colonial past completely behind us,” and that includes removing the queen from the head of state and becoming a republic here. November 2021.
In response, dozens of social media users have taken to Twitter to proclaim Rihanna – who was born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown – should be named Queen.
Royal: After announcing Barbados plans to impeach Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, dozens of people took to Twitter to say Barbadian singer Rihanna should be queen
Moving on: On Wednesday, the Caribbean island government announced plans to become a republic by November 2021. The Queen is pictured in Barbados in 1977
“I’m calling him now. Rihanna for the Queen of Barbados! one fan tweeted, sharing a GIF of the pop star placing a crown on her head.
“Replace her with Rihanna, you cowards!” another insisted, while someone else asked, “Can they replace her with Her Excellency Rihanna?”
“All of them represent the real Queen of Barbados, Rihanna,” commented one fan.
Many have agreed that when it comes to queens, Rihanna is the only one the nation needs.
‘Anyway. Barbados already has a queen and her name is @rihanna, ”noted Simon Naitram, professor at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, located on the island.
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“Why would Barbados want the Queen to be head of state when she could have Rihanna? someone else asked.
Rihanna, real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was a teenage girl living in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, when she was discovered by an American record producer and launched to international fame.
And while Rihanna isn’t technically Queen, she is arguably the most famous resident on the island, and she has been honored as such.
In 2018, the singer was named “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” for Barbados, a role that involves promoting education, tourism and investment.
In 2018, Rihanna was appointed “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary” for her home country. She is pictured during the Kadooment Day Parade in Barbados in 2019
Liked: Many agreed that when it comes to queens, Rihanna is the only one the nation needs
When accepting the new title, Rihanna said in a statement that she “couldn’t be prouder to win such a prestigious title” in her home country.
“Every Barbadian will have to play their part in this current effort, and I am ready and excited to take responsibility,” she added. “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Mottley and his team to reinvent Barbados.”
The superstar was also honored by renaming the street she grew up on Rihanna Drive in her honor in 2017.
Barbados announced on Wednesday its intention to impeach Queen Elizabeth as head of state and become a republic by November 2021.
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Looking The Queen is pictured with the Governor General of Barbados Dame Sandra Mason at Windsor Castle in 2018
A speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley and read by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason said: “The time has come to put our colonial past completely behind us. Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state.
“It’s the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of accomplishing. Therefore, Barbados will take the next logical step towards full sovereignty and become a Republic as we celebrate our 55th anniversary of independence.
Asked to comment on the Commonwealth country’s plans, a palace spokesperson said: “This is an issue for the government and the people of Barbados.”
The prime minister’s office also agreed that it was a “decision for Barbados and local government” but added that Britain would continue to “benefit from a partnership” with the island nation of Caribbean as members of the Commonwealth.
Visits: Queen Elizabeth II is pictured smiling with a young girl in Barbados on November 1, 1977 (left) and during a visit to Bridgetown (right)
Memories: The Queen and Prince Philip are pictured passing through Barbados waving to crowds in February 1966
A spokesperson for Number 10 said: “We obviously have a common history and stand united in Barbados in terms of history, culture and language, and we will continue to have and benefit from a partnership with them in as members of the Commonwealth. “
The country gained independence from Great Britain in 1966, although the Queen remains its constitutional monarch.
In 1998, a Barbados Constitutional Review Commission recommended Republican status, and in 2015 Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said: “We must move from a monarchical system to a republican form of government in the very near future. .
Most of the Caribbean countries have kept formal ties to the monarchy after gaining independence.
Barbados will join Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and Guyana if it continues its project of becoming a republic.
Barbados: the country’s colonial history
The Sugar Revolution, the introduction of sugar cane from Dutch Brazil, in the 1640s was very lucrative but at a high social cost
Barbados was one of the oldest English colonies in the West Indies, being surpassed only by Saint Kitts.
The countries’ historical ties date back to the 17th century and involve colonization, post-colonialism, and modern bilateral relations.
Since Barbados gained independence in 1966, nations have continued to share ties across the Commonwealth, with the Queen as monarch.
The Barbadian Parliament is the third oldest in the entire Commonwealth and the island continues to practice the Westminster style of government.
The island’s many historic Anglican churches and plantations bear witness to the influence of English architecture.
In 1627, 80 English aboard the William and John landed on the Caribbean island and founded Jamestown (near present-day Holetown), in the name of King James I.
The first settlers struggled to develop a profitable export crop and had difficulty maintaining supplies from Europe.
However, the Sugar Revolution, the introduction of sugar cane from Dutch Brazil, in the 1640s was very lucrative and over the next decade more than two-thirds of English emigrants to the Americas made their way to Barbados. .
But while this transition to sugar has generated huge profits, it has come at a high social cost. Thousands of West African slaves were shipped across the Atlantic to work on the plantations and the workers suffered from low wages and minimal social services.
It is estimated that between 1627 and 1807, some 387,000 Africans were shipped to the island against their will and the country grew from a predominantly white population to a predominantly black population.
On August 28, 1833, the British government passed the Slavery Abolition Act, and slaves across the British Empire achieved emancipation.
Barbados remained a British colony until internal autonomy was granted in 1961.
The country became fully independent on November 30, 1966, at a time when the country’s economy was growing and diversifying.
Since then, the Barbadian Parliament has remained a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, which is modeled after the British Westminster system of government.
In 2008, UK exports to Barbados amounted to £ 38million, making it Britain’s fourth largest export market in the region.
In recent years, an increasing number of UK nationals have moved to Barbados to live there, with surveys showing that UK nationals account for 75-85% of Barbados’ second home market.