Standing next to William during his visit, Jamaica’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, said his country was “moving on” from Britain’s monarchy. “We intend to fulfill our true ambitions and destiny as an independent, developed, prosperous country,” Mr. Holness said.
In 1972, Arthur Foulkes was present as an opposition delegate to the Bahamas Independence Conference in London. Five decades later, he says it is time for a Bahamian head of state to replace the British monarch.
“I have great respect for Queen Elizabeth II,” Mr. Foulkes said. But he added: “The time has come for us to look beyond the monarchy. I think a lot of us have been thinking that way.”
While the appearance of William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, stirred debate locally, the couple was not met with notable protests or obvious resentment during their stop in the Bahamas.
The government of the Bahamas has not said that it plans to change the nation’s head of state. But Fred Mitchell, the minister of foreign affairs, has long pushed for the country to become a republic.