The Big Picture

Where Is Barbados….

in its preparations for the next major historical event of its 55 years as an Independent Nation?

The big picture is being rolled out.

Independence and the transitioning to Parliamentary Republic status:

According to Nation News Barbados* and the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) the Barbados flag and national anthem will remain the same. In the case of the national anthem, the phrase “for past three hundred years” will be updated.

The old Military Colours will be retired and the new Colours will be raised.

From 11 p.m. on Monday 29th November 2021 there will be the ceremonial ‘swearing in’ of the first President of Barbados, our current Governor-General, Dame Sandra P. Mason, G.C.M.G, D.A, D.StJ, Q.C (Hon.). This ceremony will see the acceptance of the Barbados Charter [Charter of the Republic] by which Barbados becomes a Republic and Dame Sandra, the first President. The ceremony will flow on seamlessly into the actual beginning of the Independence Day festivities and formalities as it will be then the 30th November.

Republic Day will be the day when the new Barbados Constitution (under consultation) is accepted in the Houses of Parliament.

Barbados will continue to be known as Barbados. There will be no adding of the word republic to the country’s title or name.

All cultural and ceremonial events will be digitally accessible as live streams, with additional public screens being erected in communities. All events and gatherings will have an allocated number of persons allowed and will be ‘monitored’ to ensure distancing etc takes place.

Travel restrictions and protocols in Barbados for locals and visitors including dignitaries will remain in place. Dignitaries, including Prince Charles who reportedly asked to attend, will have to show evidence of full vaccination or submit to PCR tests as directed.

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Dame Sandra P. Mason.
Photo: barbadosadvocate.com

A biography of Dame Sandra

An overview of Dame Sandra Prunella Mason

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Notes: GCMG=Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St, George. DA= Chancellor and Principal Dame of St. Andrew (Order of Barbados). DStJ=Dame of Grace of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John

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