a question about leaving the monarchy – .

a question about leaving the monarchy – .

As Barbados prepares to form a republic and to impeach the British Queen as ruler, some residents of the capital Bridgetown on Sunday admitted they remained confused as to what the change would mean and how it would affect them.

The Caribbean island gained independence from Britain in 1966 but has so far retained Queen Elizabeth as head of state, as has been the case in a number of former British colonies, including Jamaica and Australia.

Barbados will replace the Queen on Tuesday with Barbadian President Sandra Mason, who will serve as the largely symbolic figure behind Prime Minister Mia Mottley. Mason, the current Governor General and designated representative of the Queen in Barbados, was elected by the Parliament of Barbados.

The celebration will include a visit from Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and will coincide with the country’s Independence Day on November 30.

“I don’t know how this affects me as an everyday Barbadian,” said Dianne King, 34, human resources manager. “You still have a prime minister who is more in charge, so what would the president’s role be? “

Authorities have set up a stage in Bridgetown’s Heroes’ Square, where the festivities will take place.

More than a dozen people approached by Reuters declined to give interviews about the creation of the republic, saying they did not know enough to comment.

The change has no impact on the trade or the overall economic situation of the island. Barbados’ tourism industry, a crucial part of its economy, has been hit by coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

And supply chain disruptions in the post-pandemic era have pushed up prices in a country where the cost of living has historically been high due to spending on importing consumer goods.

“I think everyone is more concerned about their dollar today and what that means for tomorrow, especially with the prices of things going up,” said Laurie Callender, 43, information technology specialist. . “People talk about it more, in my opinion. “

(Reporting by Julio-Cesar Chavez in Bridgetown; writing by Brian Ellsworth; editing by Daniel Wallis)


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