St Paul’s cathedral in Barbados held its first investiture ceremony for a Barbadian of royal birth since 1988
Barbados, which has grown from a small island within the English Channel into a sovereign nation, is celebrating the birth of a republic on Wednesday.
Ministers, royalty and the British royal family attended the national investiture ceremony in the capital, Bridgetown, which officially hands over the baton to the new president of Barbados, Honourable Mia Mottley.
The Queen was at the cathedral in front of a crowd of about 30,000 people as Mottley was formally named Queen, being crowned by the Prince of Wales in front of crowds and at midnight on the Caribbean island.
Unofficial accreditation cards telling of the Queen’s visit have been handing out on the island and hundreds of sports fans gathered at three venues to get inside for what some are billing as a democratic royal wedding.
The Barbados government and Mottley are hoping the event will reconnect the island with the rest of the world. The long-ruling David Thompson will step down after a decade in office.
A patron of the Barbados Football Association and former chair of the Barbados Environmental and Conservation Alliance, Mottley has called for sports and cricket to become more “politically and socially accountable”.