Queen ‘will be removed as head of state from more countries’ following Barbados

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A royal expert is predicting more countries to follow Barbados in removing the Queen as head of state.

The Caribbean island announced its intention with its intention to "fully leave our colonial past behind us".

And royal expert Charlie Proctor, editor in chief of Royal Central, thinks Barbados will not be the last country to get rid of the Queen as their monarch.

He wrote on Twitter: "Now Barbados has played their cards, other CARICOM (Caribbean Community) countries will follow. Jamaica will be next. Both main parties favour a Republic."

Mr Proctor went on to criticise Brits complaining about Barbados' decision.

He added: "Barbados decides, quite reasonably, that they do not want their Head of State to be based in a palace 4,000 miles away.

"Cue the British and their sense of entitlement."

The Queen is still the official head of state for 16 former colonial countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a number of Caribbean islands, including Barbados and Jamaica.

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Several countries have dropped the monarch from the role over the years with Barbados set to be the next.

The island's Prime Minister Mia Mottley said it will become a republic in November 2021, to mark the 55th anniversary since it gained independence from the UK.

She said: "This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.

"Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step towards full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence."

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "This is a matter for the government and people of Barbados."

Most Caribbean countries have kept formal links with the UK even after independence. Barbados would join Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica if it continues with plans to become a republic.

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