Press briefing on Independence Events – November 18, 2021. (PMO)

Minister of Science, Innovation and Smart Technology, Senator Kay McConney, has stated that Barbados’ identity would not be impacted by the transition to republic status.

She gave the assurance during a press conference, held yesterday evening, to update the country on plans to commemorate the 55th Anniversary of Independence. The island is set to declare itself a republic at the end of this month.

“November 30 will still be known as Independence Day. And Barbados will still be known as Barbados, not the Republic of Barbados, not Barbados, the Republic. We will simply be known as Barbados….  The [national] colours will remain the same blue, aquamarine blue, gold and black”.

Senator McConney explained that Government was seeking to “complete a journey” which began when Barbados gained independence from Britain in 1966.

“This completion of the journey leads us to become a state with a Barbadian as our head of state.  And it also brings us to become a state with a Barbadian not only as our head, but where our people have demonstrated the confidence to govern the affairs of our state, still, as part of the British Commonwealth, but without the need for the British monarch to sit as our head.”

She further stated that the President-elect, Dame Sandra Mason, will function in a capacity similar to that of her current role as Governor General, “with the main difference being that she will be assuming the role of president as a bona fide Barbadian head of state, not acting on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen”.

Dame Sandra will be inaugurated as President of Barbados during a ceremony to declare Barbados a republic, on Monday, November 29.  

The historic event will also see the conferring of the Order of the Freedom of Barbados on both the President and His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, who will be in attendance, as well as addresses by the President and His Royal Highness.  

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and Attorney General Dale Marshall will also take the Oath of Allegiance.

nya.phillips@barbados.gov.bb

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