BRIDGETOWN, Barbados– The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, is scheduled to land at the Grantley Adams International Airport late Sunday for a two day visit as the island declares itself a republic.
According to political analysts, the visit is of significance as Barbados when removes the Queen as head of state – this means that Prince Charles will never hold that role, however, whenever he ascends the throne, he will be the head of the Commonwealth – of which Barbados will remain a member.
The transition to a republic will take place on the 55th anniversary of Barbado’s independence,, which is already celebrated as a national holiday each year. There have been events throughout the country this month, starting on November 23, which will continue until November 30, including a Parliamentary Debate on the new Charter of Barbados, held on November 23 and 24.
The main event which Prince Charles will attend, to declare Barbados a republic and mark the inauguration of the President of Barbados will be at National Heroes’ Square in Bridgetown, beginning at 11 p.m. (local time) on Monday.
Once Barbados becomes a republic there will be 15 Commonwealth Realms left in the world – the United Kingdom, along with Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; The Bahamas; Belize; Canada; Grenada; Jamaica; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Solomon Islands; and Tuvalu.