Queen sends ‘good wishes’ to new republic of Barbados

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The Queen has sent “warmest wishes for your happiness, peace and prosperity in the future” to the new Republic of Barbados as it celebrates its “important day”.

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In a message to the new president, Dame Sandra Mason, and her Caribbean citizens, the Queen praised the nation, which has a “special place” at its heart for “its vibrant culture, its sportsmanship and its natural beauty”.

Barbados became a republic during a ceremony attended by prominent figures from across the country including Prime Minister Mia Motley Fool and superstar Rihanna, in which the Prince of Wales delivered a speech highlighting the enduring bonds between Barbados and the UK.

The Queen calling on the former Governor-General of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason, now the country’s first President (Steve Parsons/PA)
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In her message, the Queen 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 very glad that my son is with you today.

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“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. attracts.

“Over the years, our countries have enjoyed a partnership based on shared 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 remains an active participant within the Commonwealth, and I look forward to continuing the friendship between our two countries and peoples.

The Queen during a walkout in Bridgetown, Barbados, during her Silver Jubilee tour of the Caribbean (Ron Bell/PA)

“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.”

The Queen was Barbados’s head of state since it became independent in 1966.

The issue of becoming a republic was discussed at the national level for several decades before Prime Minister Mia Motley took the historic step last year.

Barbados was one of the Queen’s territories – the countries of which she is the head of state – which is now number 15, and other countries in the Caribbean region include Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St Vincent is included. ,

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