Highlights

  • Barbados is world’s newest republic, parts ways with the British Queen
  • Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president by the chief justice
  • Singer Rihanna also attended the ceremony, declared a national hero

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After 396 years, the sun set on the British monarchy’s reign over Barbados, with a handover ceremony at midnight on Monday marking the birth of the world’s newest republic.

As the clock struck 12, the Royal Standard flag representing the Queen was lowered over a crowded Heroes Square in Bridgetown and Carol Roberts-Reifer.

Chief executive officer of the National Cultural Foundation, made the declaration of Barbados’ transition to its new constitutional status.

Guests in the square applauded as Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president by the chief justice and took the oath of allegiance to her country.

Hundreds of people lining Chamberlain Bridge in the capital cheered and a 21-gun salute was fired as the national anthem was played. Barbadian singer Rihanna also attended the ceremony and was declared a national hero.

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