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Barbados defends inviting Prince of Wales to ceremony removing the Queen as head of state

As future head of Commonwealth, he is expected to emphasise the continued ties and friendship between nations, as well as conveying good wishes for its future with an elected head of state.

‘We are making a signal to the world’

“There are some things that are simply about diplomatic relations,” Senator Cummings said, in response to local newspaper stories about protests.

“We are making a signal to the world, including the UK and countries within the Commonwealth, that while we are moving away from having the Queen as the head of state, we remain a member of the Commonwealth and we recognise the importance of our diplomatic relationships with the UK and its leadership.

“And that in the same way that we have historically also been conferred the highest honours, we are making a signal to the world that this transition we are making is without rancour, it is without angst, without acrimony and they [the monarchy] are here to say ‘we support what you are doing and we are diplomatically recognising that’.

“This is what diplomacy is about. Friends of all first – that is what we do.

“There should be and can be no issue with the presence of any member of the Royal Family here for this transition and any conferral of an award of any representative, on the basis of the fact that we must engage the world.

“We remain 166 square miles, we are just under 100,000 people. We do not exist in this world alone.”

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