Rihanna's native Barbados looks set to remove Elizabeth II as its head of state by 2021.

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason on behalf of the country’s Prime Minister Mia Mottley. “Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving."

Twitter users immediately put forward one of the most internationally beloved Barbadians of all time, Robyn Rihanna Fenty. "Barbados already has a Queen and her name is @rihanna," noted Simon Naitram, a lecturer at Barbados' University of the West Indies.

Remember these? 😂 pic.twitter.com/RpxYLoXKZi — Saoirse (@RatedArrrrrr) September 16, 2020

When will Barbados become a republic?

The prime mister has confirmed that Barbados will take the next step toward full sovereignty and become a republic by the nation celebrates its 55th anniversary of independence in November 2021.

The former British colony gained independence in 1966 and is currently a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy.

Why do Barbadians want to become a republic?

The press secretary to the prime minister of Barbados told Reuters that there was no particular trigger for the timing of a renewed push to become a republic other than fulfilling a longstanding promise by the island’s politicians. However, there has been growing criticism of the island's colonial history and frustration with the government’s delay in removing colonial-era statues.

The island was claimed for England in 1625 when Captain Henry Powell landed. The British then transformed the island to serve the Atlantic slave trade.

Most of Barbados’s 286,000 inhabitants can trace their ancestry to enslaved Africans brought to the West Indies by the British in the 17th century to plant and harvest sugar cane. A smaller number of White laborers were indentured servants and prisoners shipped from Ireland.

The Governor-General stated that Barbados is ready to cut the cord with the monarchy, adding that “the peril and uncertainty of the times compel us to reinforce our foundation.”

Have other countries done this before?

Since Mexico voted on the issue in 1863, there have been 33 referendums on whether to abolish monarchies around the world. A referendum is not required to become a republic under the island’s constitution. Instead, it will only need a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament.

Most former British colonies in the Caribbean have kept their ties with the monarchy after gaining their independence. If Barbados does decide to retire the queen as head of state, it will join Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Dominica. Eight other Caribbean Community, or CARICOM, states in the Caribbean would still have the queen as head of state, the largest being Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Current constitutional monarchies around the world include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Jamaica, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the UAE.

We Recommend
  • 25 best beyonce songs Jay Z Lemonade
    29 of Queen B's Best Songs to Celebrate Beyoncé's Birthday
    • Culture
  • Trending TIk Tok Songs Highsnobiety
    TikTok Songs We Can't Get Out Of Our Heads
    • Culture
  • Image on Highsnobiety
    The Only Person Outdressing Rocky & Rihanna Is Their Baby
    • Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety
    A$AP Rocky's Matching Set is Truly Like No Other
    • Style
What To Read Next
  • Ann Demeulemeester ss24
    Enter Ann Demeulemeester's Dark Paradise by Stefano Gallici
    • Style
  • kim kardashian balenciaga outfit
    The Night Before Balenciaga, Kim Kardashian Appears (in Balenciaga, Of Course)
    • Style
  • alexander mcqueen ss24 sarah burton
    At Alexander McQueen SS24, Sarah Burton Takes Her Final Bow
    • Style
  • junya watanabe new balance ss24
    What'cha Got There, Junya Watanabe & New Balance?
    • Sneakers
  • kendall jenner bad bunny gucci
    Forget IG — Kendall Jenner & Bad Bunny Make It Gucci Official
    • Style
  • cpfm marc jacobs disney create 100
    EXCLUSIVE: CPFM & Marc Jacobs Enter the Wonderful World of Disney Create 100
    • Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.