What will happen to Commonwealth when the Queen dies? | Royal | News (Reports)

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“Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence.”

Asked to comment on the Commonwealth country’s plans a palace spokesman said: “This is a matter for the Government and people of Barbados.”

The 53-country organisation includes 16 countries where the British monarch is officially the head of state, including Australia, Canada, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Barbados.

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It’s a remnant of the British Empire, which today exists mainly as a trade and political organisation.

It has few formal powers but carries a huge weight of symbolism.

Many of these countries were part of the empire against their will, and almost all declared independence long ago.

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