Queen Elizabeth congratulated Barbados after they dropped her as head of state

Queen Elizabeth II is happy for Barbados that it’s now an independent republic, even if it means that it is no longer under her because the nation just dropped her as its head of state.

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Queen Elizabeth II has been the head of state of Barbados for four centuries. However, the nation cut ties with her in an official ceremony Monday. The British monarch has nothing but kind words and support for the Caribbean nation as it becomes a republic.

The 95-year-old monarch was removed from Barbados’ head of state Monday. Barbados President Sandra Mason, who previously served as governor-general, is now the head of state. Queen Elizabeth II sent a letter to Mason to congratulate her and Barbados on their new status.

“On this significant occasion and your assumption of office as the first president of Barbados, I extend my congratulations to you and all Barbadians,” Queen Elizabeth II wrote in a letter obtained by People.

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According to the Queen, her country and Barbados enjoyed a partnership based on their shared values, prosperity, and collaboration on various issues, including climate change.

Her Majesty made it clear that even if she’s no longer the nation’s head of state, she is happy the island is part of the Commonwealth. 

“I look forward to the continuation of the friendship between our two countries and peoples,” the Queen added.

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The Queen concluded her letter by sending Mason and the Barbadians her “warmest good wishes” for their “happiness, peace and prosperity in the future.” She signed her letter with “Elizabeth R.”

Queen Elizabeth II could not fly to Barbados and attend the ceremony of its being an independent republic. However, her son, Prince Charles, ensured that the British monarch would have a representative. The Prince of Wales flew to Barbados to attend the event.

Prince Charles’ appearance marked the first time a senior member of the royal family attended a handover ceremony. The heir apparent delivered a speech about Britain’s role in the slave trade and trafficking people from Africa, Barbados, and the Caribbean.

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Prince William’s dad praised the Barbadians for forging their path with “extraordinary fortitude.” He also reminded the nation that their long journey had brought them to their recent achievement. It’s not their destination but a “vantage point” where they could survey a new horizon.

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