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Barbados Holds Celebrations Ahead of Officially Becoming Republic

Celebrations were held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on November 29, ahead of the Caribbean nation becoming a republic after midnight.

The Government of Barbados announced in September 2020 that it intended to no longer be a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II will no longer be head of state but the country will remain a member of the Commonwealth.

Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as the island nation’s first president just an hour before the country became a republic at midnight, a Barbados government website said.

This video shows dancing as part of the Pride of Nationhood festivities held on November 29 to celebrate the new republic. Credit: UKinCaribbean via Storyful

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