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The figure of Elizabeth II has been a key element for the attenuation of the various republican movements in each constitutional monarchy of the Commonwealth, especially in Australia or Jamaica, where such impulses are stronger.
The figure of Elizabeth II has been a key element for the growth of various republican movements in each constitutional monarchy of the Commonwealth, especially in Australia or Jamaica, where such impulses are stronger.

What countries in the Americas are still under the British crown?

She is the head of state in more than 50 countries and territories. Most of them are islands in the Caribbean.

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For the Caribbean nations of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, the death of Queen Elizabeth II means the first new head of state in 70 years. But some will never meet another British monarch.

Following Barbados' decision to not continue relations on Nov. 30, 2021, the six countries have initiated procedures to renounce the monarchy, and have also expressed their willingness to become republics and have their own heads of state.

Jamaica, for example, created a committee to oversee the process of constitutional change. Belize has also set aside funds from its budget for a preliminary commission and several leaders in Grenada have demanded a referendum.

However, even if the countries have a break with the crown, it will not change anything in practice as it is a symbolic act that will have zero impact on foreign policy or relations with the U.K. In other words, there is no negative consequence to ending the agreement.

President Alberto Fernandez, in the framework of the Summit of the Americas, reaffirmed his sovereignty over the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, urging the United Kingdom to resume negotiations on the sovereignty of the islands.

Liz Truss also made her position clear months ago, rejecting the questioning of British sovereignty over the islands, as they are considered part of the British family and will defend their right to self-determination.

Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom and of the 14 Commonwealth countries, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 8.

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