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Barbados ditches Britain's Queen Elizabeth to become republic

Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley, new President Sandra Mason, singer Rihanna, former cricketer Garfield Sobers and Britain's Prince Charles stand during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley, new President Sandra Mason, singer Rihanna, former cricketer Garfield Sobers and Britain's Prince Charles stand during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados,...more

Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley, new President Sandra Mason, singer Rihanna, former cricketer Garfield Sobers and Britain's Prince Charles stand during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
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Barbados' new President Sandra Mason awards Britain's Prince Charles with the Order of Freedom of Barbados during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Barbados' new President Sandra Mason awards Britain's Prince Charles with the Order of Freedom of Barbados during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021....more

Barbados' new President Sandra Mason awards Britain's Prince Charles with the Order of Freedom of Barbados during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
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Singer Rihanna attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Singer Rihanna attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Singer Rihanna attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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Entertainers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Entertainers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Entertainers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS
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Barbados President Sandra Mason inspects a group of standard bearers after receiving the Order of Barbados and being sworn in as the President of Barbados in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Barbados President Sandra Mason inspects a group of standard bearers after receiving the Order of Barbados and being sworn in as the President of Barbados in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Barbados President Sandra Mason inspects a group of standard bearers after receiving the Order of Barbados and being sworn in as the President of Barbados in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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Barbados President Sandra Mason watches as the Presidential Standard of Barbados is raised, after being sworn in as the President of Barbados during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Barbados President Sandra Mason watches as the Presidential Standard of Barbados is raised, after being sworn in as the President of Barbados during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jonathan...more

Barbados President Sandra Mason watches as the Presidential Standard of Barbados is raised, after being sworn in as the President of Barbados during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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The Queen's Standard is removed during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

The Queen's Standard is removed during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

The Queen's Standard is removed during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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Barbados President Sandra Mason stands after being sworn in at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Barbados President Sandra Mason stands after being sworn in at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Barbados President Sandra Mason stands after being sworn in at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS
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Britain's Prince Charles speaks during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Britain's Prince Charles speaks during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Britain's Prince Charles speaks during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS
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Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS
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Britain's Prince Charles is joined by Barbados President Sandra Mason and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley as they prepare to depart from the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, in Bridgetown,  November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Britain's Prince Charles is joined by Barbados President Sandra Mason and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley as they prepare to depart from the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Britain's Prince Charles is joined by Barbados President Sandra Mason and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley as they prepare to depart from the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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Britain's Prince Charles reacts at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Britain's Prince Charles reacts at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Britain's Prince Charles reacts at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
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Former cricketer Garfield Sobers attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Former cricketer Garfield Sobers attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Former cricketer Garfield Sobers attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS
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Singer Rihanna looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Singer Rihanna looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Singer Rihanna looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
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Members of the Barbados Coast Guard remove The Queen's Royal Standard flag during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Members of the Barbados Coast Guard remove The Queen's Royal Standard flag during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Members of the Barbados Coast Guard remove The Queen's Royal Standard flag during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS
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Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021.  Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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Former cricketer Garfield Sobers and singer Rihanna, who was honoured as a National Hero, attend the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Former cricketer Garfield Sobers and singer Rihanna, who was honoured as a National Hero, attend the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jeff...more

Former cricketer Garfield Sobers and singer Rihanna, who was honoured as a National Hero, attend the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, Barbados, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS
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Dancers and members of the Barbados military gather for the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Dancers and members of the Barbados military gather for the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Dancers and members of the Barbados military gather for the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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Barbados President-elect Sandra Mason attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown,  November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Barbados President-elect Sandra Mason attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Barbados President-elect Sandra Mason attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021.  Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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Singer Rihanna attends the Presidential Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Singer Rihanna attends the Presidential Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Singer Rihanna attends the Presidential Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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Singer Rihanna stands next to Britain's Prince Charles as they attend the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Singer Rihanna stands next to Britain's Prince Charles as they attend the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Singer Rihanna stands next to Britain's Prince Charles as they attend the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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Britain's Prince Charles arrives for the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony,  in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Britain's Prince Charles arrives for the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Britain's Prince Charles arrives for the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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Singer Rihanna looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Singer Rihanna looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Singer Rihanna looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
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Fireworks are seen at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Fireworks are seen at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Fireworks are seen at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
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Singer Rihanna looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Singer Rihanna looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Singer Rihanna looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
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Britain's Prince Charles delivers a speech near Barbados' new President Sandra Mason at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown,  November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Britain's Prince Charles delivers a speech near Barbados' new President Sandra Mason at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Britain's Prince Charles delivers a speech near Barbados' new President Sandra Mason at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
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Britain's Prince Charles looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Britain's Prince Charles looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

Britain's Prince Charles looks on at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
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Performers provide entertainment as part of the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony events to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown,  November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Performers provide entertainment as part of the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony events to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Performers provide entertainment as part of the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony events to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Performers provide entertainment as part of the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony events to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown,  November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Performers provide entertainment as part of the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony events to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Performers provide entertainment as part of the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony events to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados, in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Musicians perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Musicians perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Musicians perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS
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Barbados President Sandra Mason stands after being sworn in at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Barbados President Sandra Mason stands after being sworn in at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Barbados President Sandra Mason stands after being sworn in at the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados in Bridgetown, November 30, 2021. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS
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Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown,  November 29, 2021.  Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS

Dancers perform during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony, held to mark the birth of a new republic in Barbados at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, November 29, 2021. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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