Prince Charles appears to fall asleep at ceremony to remove Queen as head of Barbados

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Prince Charles appeared to fall asleep during a historic ceremony which saw singer Rihanna and ex-cricketer Garfield Sobers attend to mark the parting of ways with the Queen and the inauguration of Barbados’s first ever president, Sandra Mason

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Prince Charles dozes off during ceremony in Barbados

Prince Charles has been caught on camera appearing to fall asleep during a ceremony to remove the Queen as head of Barbados.

The 73-year-old was filmed closing his eyes as his head began to droop before he quickly sat up as cameras flashed in front of him.

The Royal was at a ceremony which saw the Queen removed as head of state of Barbados as the country became a republic, and inaugurated their first ever president, Sandra Mason.

During a historic night for Babardos, the Prince seems to drift off.

Rihanna and former cricketer Garfield Sobers were also present at the ceremony, where the famous singer and designer was made National Hero during the ceremony.

The Presidential Inauguration Ceremony took place in Babados’ capital Bridgetown
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Dame Sandra Mason was sworn into office during the televised open-air ceremony in the capital Bridgetown and replaced the Queen.

The British monarchy’s place as head of the Barbados state was severed, ending an at times unequal relationship that had existed for centuries since the UK conquered the island.

During the ceremony, the Prince of Wales acknowledged the “appalling atrocity of slavery” calling it something “which forever stains our history”.

Prince Charles during the ceremony where he seems to nod off

He called the period the “darkest days of our past” and said that the “creation of this republic offers a new beginning.”

The Queen also sent a message to the people of Barbados, being unable to visit in person.

She sent her “warmest good wishes for your happiness, peace and prosperity in the future’ and said that the nation had a “special place” in her heart for “its vibrant culture, its sporting prowess, and its natural beauty”.

The ceremony was a significant moment, marking 55 years since Barbados’ independence from the UK
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The Queen is still head of state of 15 countries, including the UK and a number of Commonwealth nations.

However, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently announced a major constitutional review which could lead to the country cutting ties with the monarchy too.

The ceremony saw the Queen’s standard lowered for the last time, and replaced with the presidential flag at midnight local time, celebrating the 55th anniversary of independence from Britain.

Barbados’ new President Sandra Mason (centre) is joined by Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley (right) and Prince Charles (left)
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In his speech, Charles said: “The creation of this Republic offers a new beginning, but it also marks a point on a continuum, a milestone on the long road you have not only travelled, but which you have built.

“From the darkest days of our past, and the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history, the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude.

“Emancipation, self-government and Independence were your way-points. Freedom, justice and self-determination have been your guides.

The Prince of Wales giving his speech during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at Heroes Square
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Prince Charles arriving for the ceremony which marked the end of the Queen as head of state in Barbados
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“Your long journey has brought you to this moment, not as your destination, but as a vantage point from which to survey a new horizon.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson maintained that the UK and Barbados would remain “steadfast friends and allies”.

In the run up to the ceremony, there had been protests with some demanding reparations from the monarchy and UK government for slavery and centuries of imperial domination.

Rihanna at the ceremony to mark Barbados’ transition to a republic
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The prince added: “I shall always consider myself a friend of Barbados.

“Tonight you write the next chapter of your nation’s story, adding to the treasury of past achievement, collective enterprise and personal courage which already fill its pages.

“Yours is a story in which every Barbadian, young and old, can take the greatest pride – inspired by what has come before them and confident about what lies ahead.”

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