Barbados would not be the first former British colony in the Caribbean to become a republic. Guyana took that step in 1970, less than four years after gaining independence from Britain. Trinidad and Tobago followed suit in 1976 and Dominica in 1978.
All three stayed within the Commonwealth, an association of former British colonies and current dependencies, along with some countries that have no historical ties to Britain.
Barbados key facts:
Is one of the more populous and prosperous Caribbean islands;
Gained its independence from Britain in 1966;
Queen Elizabeth II remains its constitutional monarch;
Once heavily dependent on the sugar exports, its economy has diversified into tourism and finance;
Its prime minister is Mia Mottley, elected in 2018 and the first woman to hold the post.
As Rihanna heads home to Barbados for Christmas it has been revealed that she has donated $1.75 million to a local cancer hospital.
The donation was made in memory of her late grandmother Clara Braithwaite, who died of cancer in June.
Rihanna’s generous donation led to the radiotherapy department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Bridgetown, being renamed the Clara Braithwaite Centre for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, in memory of her “Gran Gran Dolly”.
The money paid for three vital pieces of equipment worth more than $3.5 million Barbados dollars.
Rihanna, 24, said: “This was my way of giving back to Barbados, in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization programme.
“I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done to save lives or at least extend them.”
Rihanna was accompanied by grandmother Dolly’s husband, Lionel, and her mother, Monica Fenty as she has donated $1.75 million to a Barbados cancer hospital
Rihanna was accompanied by Dolly’s husband, Lionel, and her mother, Monica Fenty as she visited the department this weekend.
The singer’s love of her grandmother was well known to fans, with the star often speaking of her on Twitter.
When she took a turn for the worse earlier this year Rihanna jetted to New York to be at her bedside.
And following her death Rihanna posted a series of family photos in a tribute to Clara Braithwaite.