As Barbados removed the queen as its head of state and became a republic, the emperor congratulated her on the country’s “important” day.
Prince Charles arrived on the Caribbean island on Sunday to attend the opening ceremony of the president-elect, Sandra Mason, who overnight replaces the Queen as head of state as Barbados sheds the remnants of the colonial system 400 years ago. Is.
In a message to the mason, the queen wished all Barbadians happiness, peace and prosperity in the future.
He said: “On this momentous occasion and on your taking over as the first President of Barbados, I congratulate you and all Barbadians.
“I first visited your beautiful country on the eve of independence in early 1966, and I am so glad that my son is with you today. Since then, the people of Barbados have held a special place in my heart. It is a country that prides itself on its vibrant culture, its sportsmanship and its natural beauty, which attracts visitors from all over the world, including many from the United Kingdom.
She continued: “Over the years, our countries have enjoyed a partnership based on common values, shared prosperity and close cooperation on a range of issues, including recent work on climate change. It is also a source of great satisfaction that Barbados within the Commonwealth remains an active participant, and I look forward to continuing the friendship between our two countries and peoples.
“As you celebrate this momentous day, I send my best wishes to you and all Barbadians for your happiness, peace and prosperity in the future. Elizabeth R.”
Charles visited the island on Sunday to reaffirm “myriad” ties between the peoples of the two countries. He delivered a speech as Barbados began a new chapter in its history on 30 November, the 55th anniversary of its independence from Britain. The ceremony began at 8 p.m. local time, midnight UK time.
The Queen was last removed as head of state in 1992, when Mauritius declared itself a republic. Barbados’ decision will be closely watched by other Commonwealth members, particularly in the Caribbean.