Royal holiday island may remove Queen as head of state if PM gets his way

A Caribbean island formerly popular with the Queen's wild sister Princess Margaret is considering removing the monarch as its head of state.

Margaret described Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as the only place she could relax.

Her pal Colin Tennant gave her 10 acres of land on Mustique, one of the islands in the Grenadines group, as a wedding present in 1960, and she visited her home on the island, Les Jolies Eaux, at least twice a year for the rest of her life.

READ MORE: Kate and William 'desperate' for PR boost amid Meghan and Prince Harry's US limelight

“Nobody sane comes to Mustique,” said another friend, Tatiana Copeland. “All the people who come are totally unusual, striking, and eccentric. I think that’s what attracts them to the island.”

Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, has proposed a national referendum asking the single question of whether to replace the Queen with an “executive president” born on the islands.

Gonsalves – nicknamed “Comrade Ralph” because of his staunchly left-wing views – believes the country should break free from its colonial links.

He said: "As much as you respect the royal family of Great Britain, they are British, they are not Caribbean. This is a fiction that has existed for too long and should be eliminated."

  • Queen said 'thank goodness Meghan isn't coming' to Philip's funeral, author claims

A previous bid to replace the monarch with a president, also backed by Gonsalves, failed to get sufficient support when it was proposed in 2009.

But with similar initiatives successfully taking place in Barbados and Jamaica, the proposed change of figurehead may just succeed this time.

As well as supplying its head of state, the UK is a leading aid donor to St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Princess Margaret was a big fan of the island of Mustique.

Pal Tatiana Copeland said: “Margaret told me Les Jolies Eaux was the only property she had ever owned in her entire life. She felt inordinate love and pride that this was not from the royal family, it was not her sister’s, it was not grace and favour. She loved the fact it was her own.”

  • Buckingham Palace 'revises' HR policies after inquiry into Meghan 'bullying' claims

The island became infamous in 1976, when photographs of Margaret holidaying with her lover Roddy Llewellyn were made public.

Margaret hosted many of her other famous friends on her personal "Love Island" including Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and notorious gangster John Bindon.

The royal links didn't end when Margaret, in poor health and no longer able to travel, sold her beloved house in 1999. Prince Harry and his father Prince Charles have both paid visits to St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Prince William and Kate Middleton holidayed on the island with their three children for two weeks in the summer of 2019.

Her Majesty the Queen herself last visited the island in 1985, when the streets were packed with well-wishers.

  • Prince Harry's bid for armed police guards could turn London into 'Wild West'

A previous bid to replace the monarch with a president, also backed by Gonsalves, failed to get sufficient support when it was proposed in 2009.

But with similar initiatives successfully taking place in Barbados and Jamaica, the proposed change of figurehead may just succeed this time.

As well as supplying its head of state, the UK is a leading aid donor to St Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • PrettyLittleThing model so scared of ‘nocturnal feeder’ sharks she refuses night shoots

The Royal Navy was on hand to provide support last year during an eruption of the La Soufriere volcano on the main island of St Vincent.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary support ship RFA Wave Knight delivered 139 pallets of emergency assistance after the tiny country was “badly affected by the unexpected and violent eruptions of La Soufrière in April 2021.

UK Armed Forces Minister James Heappey said at the time: "Recent events on St. Vincent were a tragedy, but disasters like this are precisely why we have Royal Navy assets deployed to the Caribbean – to provide vital relief and assistance to people there when needed in times of crisis.”

READ NEXT:

  • Fisherman who caught monstrous wolf fish said it 'killed everything in the trap'

  • Stunning singer's fury after claims baggage handlers 'stole £14k worth of designer gear'

  • OnlyFans model caught sneaking condom filled with drugs in her vagina at music festival

Source: Read Full Article