Barbados has elected its first-ever president to replace the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state in a decisive step towards shedding the Caribbean island’s colonial past.
Dame Sandra Mason, 72, is set to be sworn in on 30 November, which will mark the country’s 55th anniversary of independence from Britain. The first woman to serve on the Barbados Court of Appeals, Dame Sandra has been governor-general since 2018.
Barbados is a former British colony that gained independence in 1966. It is the Caribbean’s easternmost island. Barbados was claimed by the British in 1625. It has sometimes been called “Little England” for its loyalty to British customs.