Jamaica begins process to impeach Queen as head of state

Jamaica will begin the process of impeaching Queen Elizabeth II as head of state after Prince William and Duchess Kate left the country this week, BAZAAR.com has learned. It comes amid Cambridges royal tour, which palace sources have described as a ‘charm offensive’ to win over people in the Caribbean, where the Queen remains the reigning monarch of eight countries.

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge completed their final engagements in Belize, sources in the Jamaican Parliament revealed that the government was beginning the process of becoming a republic, with a target of completion by August 6, the 60th day of the independence of the country. .

“It is a long and arduous process, but having already put the cogs in motion, it will move full steam ahead in the weeks and months to come,” a senior government official said. BAZAAR. A second political insider added that although there has been “some pushback” from some members of parliament, it is not the majority. And there are no plans for a referendum, the two sources say.

Great Britain Independent also reported that a senior official in Jamaica’s government has already been appointed “with the primary intention of seeing the nation through the process of transitioning to republic status.”

Today, William and Kate RAF Traveler The plane landed at Jamaica’s Norman Manley International Airport at 2.20pm local time, just as a four-hour rally – calling on the British monarchy to apologize for its history of colonialism and fix the slavery – ended in the capital city of Kingston.

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Over the next three days, the future king and queen consort will carry out eight engagements in Jamaica. This afternoon, the couple will visit Trench Town, the city’s famous birthplace of reggae, where they will meet well-known Jamaican sports personalities and retrace some of the footsteps of legendary musician Bob Marley.

Tomorrow, the Cambridges will have a formal meeting with the country’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, before heading to Shortwood Teachers’ College to hear about the country’s work on early childhood development. Afterwards, the couple will visit Spanish Town Hospital to find out how frontline staff have responded to the pandemic.

While it’s not the first time protests have hit royal tours in Jamaica, today’s protest outside the British High Commission comes at a time when politicians and leaders in the country have frequently spoken of following the way to Barbados, which ended its ties with the royal family and became a republic last November.

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Last summer, Jamaica’s Minister for Youth and Culture, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, announced that the Caribbean island planned to seek “restorative justice in all its forms” for Britain and the United States. involvement of the monarchy in the slave trade for hundreds of years. “Our African ancestors were forcibly driven from their homes and suffered atrocities unprecedented in Africa to perform forced labor for the benefit of the British Empire,” she added. noted in July. “The repair is way overdue.”

And just days before the Cambridges arrived in Jamaica, a coalition of 100 politicians, business leaders, academics and doctors signed a open letter to the couple, urging them to apologize on behalf of the Royal Family for their role in the slave trade.

“We believe that an apology for British crimes against humanity, including but not limited to the exploitation of the indigenous people of Jamaica, the transatlantic trafficking of Africans, the enslavement of Africans , engagement and settlement, are necessary to begin a process of healing, forgiveness, reconciliation and compensation,” the letter read. “We encourage you to act on it and just ‘sey yuh sorry!’ To boldly lead a young generation in the hope that it is possible to create a future where: the philosophy that holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned…and where basic human rights are also guaranteed to all without distinction of race.

Professor Rosalea Hamilton, the first to sign the letter, said BAZAAR she hopes the message will encourage the royal family to take responsibility. “There was a crime against humanity,” she said. “The British monarchy and the royal family benefited directly from the institutions of slavery and colonization.”

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Beenie Man, Grammy Award-winning dancehall star Recount Hello Brittany that young people across Jamaica are now hungry for change. “Jamaicans don’t want the Queen, I can tell you that. … If Harry [was coming], people would react differently. People were going to meet Harry. But William, nobody wants to see that,” he said.

The subject of the royal family’s links with the slave trade has rarely been addressed by the institution. He was the queen’s ancestor Elizabeth I who gave a ship to slave trade pioneer Sir John Hawkins in 1564, after he was allegedly impressed by his previous capture of 300 Africans. And in 1660King Charles II and several other members of the royal family founded a company called Royal Adventures into Africa, which transported over 90,000 slaves from Africa to British-owned plantations in the United States and the Caribbean.

At last November’s ceremony marking Barbados’ historic transition to a republic, Prince Charles acknowledged “the appalling atrocity of slavery”, describing it as something “that forever stains our history”. He called this period of time “the darkest days of our past” and added that he hopes for the “creation of [Barbados as a] republic offers a fresh start.”

Although Kensington Palace has yet to comment on the protests following the Cambridges’ trips to the Caribbean, BAZAAR understands that Prince William plans to address the “atrocity” of slavery on Wednesday evening during a speech at a state dinner hosted by Jamaica’s Governor-General Patrick Allen. The duke will not, however, go so far as to issue the apology that so many Jamaicans have been waiting to hear.

Author and professor of postcolonial literature Emily Zobel Marshall argues that instead of trying to conquer the Caribbean, members of the royal family should work with the British government to “facilitate the conversation in the Caribbean around full independence. and meaningful reparations based on local needs”. “

She noted“We had centuries of slavery, followed by colonialism in the Caribbean. The economic and historical damage caused by Britain is vast and continuous. To still have the Queen as head of state, nowadays, is disconcerting to me. I think it’s symbolically important not to be part of that hierarchy.”

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