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St. Kitts Considers Dropping Monarchy After Queen’s Death

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  • St. Kitts and Nevis is one of seven Caribbean island countries, and 14 total overseas territories, where King Charles III now reigns as head of state. But Foreign Minister Denzil Douglas tells Axios it’s time to chart a path to becoming a “truly independent country.”
  • Some countries retained Queen Elizabeth II as head of state for “sentimental” reasons, he says. “She was not offensive to us,” though “of course, we recognize what the developing world suffered as colonies.”
  • Since gaining independence while still in association with the U.K in 1967, “a lot has been done to change those circumstances,” and relations with the U.K. are “exceptionally good,” says Douglas, who previously served as prime minister from 1995 to 2015.

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