2 weeks Barbados seeks to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state Inquirer
      SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico --- Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom. The former British colony once known as "Little England" announced it plans to replace the monarch with its own head of state in time for next year's 55th independence anniversary. "Our country can be in no doubt about its capacity for self-governance," Barbados' Governor General Sandra Mason, who was appointed by the queen, said late Tuesday. "The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind." It is Barbados' second attempt ... more