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Barbados plans to dump Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and go it alone as a republic, its government has announced.

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” the Caribbean island’s governor general, Sandra Mason, said while delivering a speech on behalf of the country’s prime minister, Mia Mottley.

“Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving,” Mason told the nation’s parliament Tuesday.

“Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence,” Mason said, referring to November next year.

First seized by England in 1625 and the focus of the transatlantic slave trade, Barbados maintained a formal link with the British monarchy even after gaining its independence in 1966.

Buckingham Palace insisted Wednesday that it was “a matter for the government and people of Barbados.”

The move will follow the lead of Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and Guyana, which all also became republics. Like those nations, it is expected to remain part of the Commonwealth.

The vast majority of the nation’s population of under 300,000 is of African descent, although many towns share names with those in the UK, and beloved British sports like cricket are also popular.

“Barbados and the UK are united in our shared history, culture, language and much more,” a spokeswoman for the UK’s Foreign Office said.

“We have an enduring partnership and will continue to work with them along with all our valued Caribbean partners.”

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Bizarre mannequins of the Queen, Henry VIII and HITLER up for grabs with rare hulking military aircraft as museum shuts

BIZARRE mannequins of the Queen, Henry VIII and Hitler are up for grabs as a museum closes its doors.

A huge military aircraft is also for sale for £30,000, after being on display at Fort Paull Museum near Hull for 20 years.

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The elderly owner of the museum is now selling its contents after it shut last year.

The unusual haul available includes almost 1,000 items such as armoured cars, a ships cannon and a Cold War Berliner dining car.

There are also odd-looking mannequins of the Royal Family, Henry VIII and Adolf Hitler which were displayed at the venue.

The hulking Blackburn Beverley transport aircraft XB259 is the last surviving example of a historic British aircraft.

The Beverley was introduced in 1957 and only 49 of them were made. It served in conflicts in the Middle East in the 1960s.

They could transfer paratroopers and cargo and ware particularly important as they could land on rough desert terrain.

After a decade of sterling service, the Beverley, which was operated by the RAF Transport Command, was retired by the RAF in 1967 and replaced by the Hercules.

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The buyer would have to dismantle the aircraft and reassemble it at a new location, a process which could cost thousands of pounds.

Andrew Baitson, auctioneer at Gilbert Baitson, said: "The museum closed at the end of last year as the owner, who is in his 80s, lost his wife.

"He is retired and he is now selling the museum's contents which is made up of almost 1,000 items.

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"The Beverley is the last remaining one so it is a remarkable piece of history.

"It was an important post-war aircraft and it would be good to see it preserved for future generations."

The sale takes place tomorrow.

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