Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness told Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate that his country wants to be “independent”.
The Prime Minister informed the future King and Queen of the news on their visit to the country in March 22 on behalf of the Queen who is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.
Jamaica along with 14 other countries have the Queen as head of their state.
The countries are; Canada, United Kingdom, The Bahamas, Belize, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Australia and New Zealand.
She is also the head of state in overseas territories (not considered as countries) such as, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, the Cook Islands, and Turks and Caicos.
Her role as head of state is mainly ceremonial – no real physical power. An appointed governor-general acts as the Queen’s representative carrying out duties on her behalf, for example appointing ministers and giving royal assent to legislation.
The Queen was the Head of State in Barbados until November 2021. Joining Guyana (1970), Trinidad and Tobago (1976), Dominica (1978) and Mauritius (1992) as countries that once had the Queen as its head.
In the move to renounce the Queen, Jamaica’s Prime minister Holness said during a photo opportunity with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, “there are issues here which as you would know are unresolved”.
Australia is also intalks to removing the Queen as their Head of State.