Queen to be removed as Barbados head of state – warned more nations will ...

QUEEN ELIZABETH II will see more countries still linked to the Crown become republics after Barbados announced its intention to cut its links with the monarch by next year, an expert said.

PUBLISHED: 08:46, Wed, Sep 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:46, Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Barbados' announcement it is planning to remove the Queen as its Head of State will have a ripple effect on other members of CARICOM - the Caribbean Community, a royal expert warned. Among the 15 member states of this association, nine have the Queen as their head of state. 

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They include Jamaica, tipped to be "the next" to move towards republicanism by royal expert Charlie Proctor.

He wrote on Twitter: "Big news. Now Barbados has played their cards, other CARICOM countries will follow.

"Jamaica will be next. Both main parties favour a Republic."

Many Jamaican leaders had in the past expressed their desire to see the country cut ties with the Crown. 

queen news queen elizabeth ii head of state barbados republic jamaica republicanismThe Queen could see more countries become republics if Barbados goes through with its intention to remove her as head of state - expert (Image: GETTY)

queen news queen elizabeth ii head of state barbados republic jamaica republicanismThe Queen visiting Jamaica in 2002 (Image: GETTY)

Upon being elected in 1972, Prime Minister Michael Manley announced Jamaica would become a republic by 1981.

His Government explored a constitutional reform but Mr Manley's party, the People National Party (PNP) lost against the more conservative Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in 1980.

A new PNP-led Government in 2002 abolished the requirement for public servants to take an oath of allegiance to the monarch.

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queen news queen elizabeth ii head of state barbados republic jamaica republicanismThe Queen during a meeting with Dame Sandra (Image: GETTY)

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