Q. Consider the following statements:
1. Barbados removed Queen Elizabeth II as the head of the state.
2. Barbados will be the first former British colony in the Caribbean to become a republic.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
- Barbados first became an English colony when a ship arrived at the Caribbean in 1625.
- On November 30, 1966, Barbados gained its independence however Elizabeth II continued as the Queen of Barbados.
- Now it will become the world’s newest republic. However, it will continue to be one of the 54 Commonwealth nations.
- Barbados will not be the first former British colony in the Caribbean to become a republic.
- Guyana took that step in 1970, less than four years after gaining independence from Britain. Trinidad and Tobago followed suit in 1976 and Dominica in 1978.
Note: Commonwealth of Nations is a loose association of former British colonies and current dependencies, along with some countries that have no historical ties to Britain.
Source: Defense Exercises