The legendary Barbadian cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers admitted that he would miss the Queen as head of state in Barbados.
It comes as Prince Charles prepares to leave Barbados after celebrating the island nation becoming a republic.
National hero Sobers said: “The Queen has been tremendous as far as I am concerned. She is an amazing person.”
He said that he knew him during the years he played cricket in England.
She added: “She used to come to Lord’s when West Indies were playing there.
“We used to sit and chat. We got on very well. She loved doing what she loved – the racehorse.”
Sobers was speaking at a reception hosted by the new president at the State House, formerly known as Government House.
He said he sat next to Prince Charles at the official ceremony marking the transition to a republic.
He said, “He’s not someone who always smiles, but he was smiling last night. He was sitting next to me, just as I thought he would be.”
“He’s always one of those guys who speaks his mind. He doesn’t hide anything from you which I love.”
At the reception, Prime Minister Mia Motley said: “I think we can all agree, Your Royal Highness, that we are really impressed by your ability to join us for this special occasion and we look forward to your presence.” Thank you so much for your words and your continued friendship and commitment to our nation.
“On behalf of Barbados I thank you.”