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Barbados Drops Queen Elizabeth II, Transforms Into Republic

Prince Charles, right, receives the Order of Freedom of Barbados from Governor General Sandra Mason during the ceremony to declare Barbados a Republic, in Bridgetown, on Nov. 30.

Prince Charles, right, receives the Order of Freedom of Barbados from Governor General Sandra Mason during the ceremony to declare Barbados a Republic, in Bridgetown, on Nov. 30.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Barbados stopped pledging allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday as it shed another vestige of its colonial past and became a republic for the first time in history.

Several leaders, dignitaries and artists, including Prince Charles and Rihanna, attended the ceremony that began late Monday in a popular square where the statue of Britain's Lord Nelson was removed last year amid a worldwide push to erase symbols of oppression.