Prince Andrew: ‘It doesn’t look good’ for the Queen, says commission member
Her Majesty is the Head of State not only of the United Kingdom, but also of 15 other countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica and many others. However, opposition is mounting in many countries over their desire to become truly independent. Barbados last year expressed its desire to become a republic on the 55th anniversary of its independence from the United Kingdom, which falls on November 30 this year.
The Governor-General of the Caribbean island, Sandra Mason, representing the Queen in Barbados, is nominated for the presidency when the country becomes a republic.
The nomination was confirmed by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Motley during a speech in the country last month.
Barbados gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
The Caribbean island of Jamaica gained its independence in 1962, but still retains the Queen as head of state.
Vox’s weekly Netflix series “Explained” looks at the monarchy and how it’s changing.
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The Queen is the Head of State of Jamaica. (Image: Getty)
Commonwealth member states. (Photo: Express Newspapers)
Carolyn Cooper is an author and professor at the University of the West Indies, based in Kingston, Jamaica.
She said: “I think having the Queen of England at the head of a country is really absurd in the 21st century.
We’re meant to be a post-colonial country, but we’re clinging to all these remnants of empire.
“It’s time to get rid of the Queen as head of state.”
A poll conducted by the Jamaica Observer newspaper last year showed that only 30 percent of Jamaicans support the remaining Queen as head of state. The number was a record low.
Caroline Cooper, a Jamaican author, encourages the Queen to stop being the Jamaican head of state. (Photo: Netflix)
Fifty-five percent of the 1,200 respondents said the Queen should go, while the remaining 15 percent said they didn’t know.
A Jamaican politician is preparing a petition for compensation that will “be submitted to the Queen,” it was reported in July.
Jamaica demanded that the Queen pay reparations for slavery, which could run into billions.
“We must realize that a grave injustice has been committed and that the legacy of that injustice lives on,” Cooper told Vox.
Britain’s wealth was fueled by slavery.
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Dr. Angela Brown-Burke wants Jamaicans to have their own voice. (Photo: Netflix)
He added: “The Queen’s presence as head of state is a classic example of mental slavery.
“We need to free ourselves from some of these traditions that bind us to the past and do not allow us to claim complete freedom.”
The narrator of the documentary said that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey sparked new controversy in the Commonwealth of Nations.
Jamaican politician Dr. Angela Brown-Burke echoed the sentiment.
She said, “It sparked another controversy in Jamaica. He ‘rules us’ and doesn’t look like us and doesn’t look like us.”
Princess Margaret delivers a speech at the Independence Granting Ceremony for Jamaica. (Image: Getty)
The legal procedure for removing Her Majesty from the position of Head of State of Jamaica, also known as the Queen of Jamaica, is complicated.
The legislation must secure a two-thirds majority in the Jamaican Parliament, House of Representatives, and the Senate, and then must be submitted to the Jamaican people in a referendum.
Mark Golding, the leader of the country’s National People’s Party, told The Independent the issue was “extremely important” for Jamaica.
He said: “I think the issues of the Queen’s removal as head of state and reparations for slavery are very important. They are fundamental to our identity and nationality.
“I don’t think we can be said to be completely independent when our head of state is someone who lives on the other side of the Atlantic and is not a Jamaican.”
He said his party and the Jamaican Labor Party, which leads the country’s government, are committed to having a Jamaican head of state.
Dr. Burke-Brown concluded by emphasizing that it was time for the Jamaican people to speak up.
She said, “There’s an African proverb that says ‘until the lion tells the story, we won’t really hear the whole story’ because the story is traditionally told by hunters, not lions.
“I think it’s time to tell the lion’s story.”
The documentary’s narrator echoed this: “For most royalty, keeping a fairy tale may mean facing the whole story at the end.”