Barbados celebrated the birth of a republic on Friday and the death of the Queen.
Nearly 30,000 people joined in a minute’s silence just before 8am local time (11am ET) to honour Her Majesty, who died Thursday aged 91.
At the time of the silence, Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled the Commonwealth since 1952, was still alive. She died at Windsor Castle after spending her final days at Windsor Castle with her husband, Prince Philip, who also died last week aged 96.
The Head of State of Grenada, the last British Overseas Territory to change its flag from the Union Jack to the Tricolour last week, declared Friday a national holiday.
A devotee of The Nation, a local independence magazine, Michelle Smith listened to the song “Moonshine” as she prepared to lay wreaths outside the Barbados High Court in celebration of her country’s independent day.
“When you have a country which is still working to develop itself it can take a while for people to appreciate that the silver anniversary was last Friday. But we are more focused now,” she said.
“It feels good to be independent. It feels good to have our own flag. It feels like we are showing that we can be independent from the United Kingdom.”
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