Barbados Cuts Ties With the Queen and Becomes a Republic

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The commonwealth is sometimes seen as a relic of colonial times gone by – and one country has taken a huge step in turning its back on it.

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Believe it or not, Barbados had been under British rule for more than 400 years.

But on Tuesday, in a truly remarkable ceremony, the country cut a major tie with the UK.

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Barbados officially removed Queen Elizabeth as their head of state.

This was one of the last imperial bonds the country has to the UK after declaring independence fifty-five years ago.

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The ceremony was filled with cheering crowds who welcomed the new republic.

There were also some famous faces in the crowd, including the British royal family representative, Prince Charles, and Barbadian royalty Rihanna.

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The ceremony also included opulent dance routines and musical numbers.

“It is a monumental step,” Kristina Hinds, a senior lecturer in political science at the University of the West Indies in eastern Barbados, told ABC. “I think it is part of the evolution of our independence, and it is certainly long overdue.”

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The ceremony even ended with an incredible firework display.

Congratulations to the people of Barbados!

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