As Barbados celebrates its 55th Independence anniversary and its attainment of Republic status, President Irfaan Ali has extended congratulations and best wishes to the island’s first President, Dame Sandra Mason.
Prime Minister of Guyana, Mark Phillips is in Barbados to attend the official events.
In the letter to President Mason, President Ali commended the Prime Minister of Barbados for steering the successful advancement of Barbados’ constitution and the completion of the island’s national independence.
President Ali said he is aware that while the decision of the Government and people of Barbados unties the formal constitutional connection to the British monarchy, it does not in any way diminish the high regard that is retained for The Queen.
Recognising the patriotism of Barbadians, the President also reminded that Barbados and Guyana have shared close relations for over a century and have contributed over those years to each other’s social and economic development.
The President pledged Guyana’s continued support for Barbados as it charters the new course as a Republic.
Barbados formally replaced the British Queen as its Head of State at the stroke of midnight as the island formally became a Republic, swore in its first President, and also ushered in its 55th Independence anniversary.
Heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, attended the events to usher in Barbados’ Republic status.