After Barbados, who will be next to give the Queen her marching orders?

The Queen and Prince Philip visit Bridgetown, Barbados in 1977.

Barbados is hoping to sever links with the Queen, drawing up plans to replace her as head of state with a president. The Guardian’s Leo Benedictus writes:

Barbados is getting rid of the Queen. For some reason, the prime minister, Freundel Stuart, feels that the country’s head of state should not be a foreign white woman who has the job because of a history of conquest, who is also head of state for 15 other countries, including most of their near neighbours, and who last visited Barbados in 1989. Stuart promises to present a bill to remove her in time for next year’s 50th anniversary of Barbadian independence. If he does so, it is expected to pass.

To some extent it is easy to see why Britain keeps the Queen. She is British, after all. But what about Elizabeth II’s other queendoms? Might they be tempted to follow Barbados? Most Commonwealth countries have not kept the British monarch as head of state, and even those that have kept warm feelings may cool when Charles takes over. The list of candidates is: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.

Among these, Jamaica could well be first to go republican, and should have beaten Barbados to it. The prime minster, Portia Simpson-Miller, vowed to do so before Jamaica’s own 50th anniversary of independence in 2012. The fact that she still hasn’t may be a sign that this kind of constitutional change is often more popular than practical. [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/shortcuts/2015/mar/24/after-barbados-who-will-be-next-to-give-the-queen-her-marching-orders and http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/23/barbados-plans-to-replace-queen-with-ceremonial-president

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