Why Barbados became a republic and separated from the Queen of England

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A New Era Begins in Barbados at Midnight Celebrations

Barbados officially removed Queen Elizabeth II from her role as head of state and became the world’s newest republic.

In an overnight ceremony in the capital Bridgetown, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president.

The Prince of Wales and Barbadian singer Rihanna attended the event, which coincided with the country’s 55th independence anniversary.

In a speech, Prince Charles acknowledged the “horrific atrocities of slavery” faced by the Caribbean island.

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