The legendary Barbadian cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers admitted he would miss the Queen as head of state in Barbados.
The National hero Sobers said: "The Queen has been tremendous as far as I’m concerned. She is a wonderful person."
He added: "She used to come to Lord’s when the West Indies were playing there.
"We would sit down and have a chat. We used to get on very well. She loved what I love - racehorses."
Sobers was speaking at a reception hosted by the new president at State House which previously was called Government House.
He said he sat next to Prince Charles at the official ceremony marking the transition to a republic.
"He is not a chap that always smiles, but he was smiling last night. He sat next to me, as I thought he would,” he added.
"He is always one of those people who speaks his mind. He does not hide anything from you which I enjoy."
At the reception, the Prime Minister Mia Mottley said: "I think we will all agree, your Royal Highness, that we were truly touched by your ability to join us for this very special occasion and we’re very grateful for your presence, for your words and for your continued friendship and commitment to our nation.
“On behalf of Barbados I thank you."