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Barbados to ditch Queen as head of state at midnight tonight

Buckingham Palace (Image: David Iliff. License: CC BY-SA 3.0).

The Caribbean nation of Barbados is to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state at midnight tonight.

The country will become a republic, when Dame Sandra Mason is installed as the first President of Barbados.

November 30 marks the 55th anniversary of the former colony's independence from the UK.

Mia Mottley, the Prime Minister of Barbados, has described the decision to become a republic as a “seminal moment” in the country’s history.

Prince Charles, who is the heir apparent to the British throne, has flown to Barbados to attend the ceremonies.

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