Jamaica announces plans to axe the Queen as official Head of State on the eve of her 90th birthday and replace her with a president
- Governor-General put forward plan for a constitutional amendment
- Country declared independence in 1962 but remains in Commonwealth
- Queen is officially the head of state in 15 countries, as well as the UK
Jamaica may axe the Queen as their official Head of State in a new proposal.
Governor-General Patrick Allen announced plans to make a constitutional amendment that would replace the Queen with a president on Thursday.
The British monarch is officially the head of state in 15 countries in the Commonwealth, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Jamaica declared its independence from Britain in 1962 but remains within the Commonwealth.
The Queen, who has a ceremonial role in the country, is represented on the island by the governor-general, who is appointed on the advice of the Jamaican Prime Minister.
Mr Allen announced the plan to 'replace Her Majesty The Queen with a Non-Executive President as Head of State' during the opening of parliament in Kingston.
The Queen last visited Jamaica in 2002 as part of her Golden Jubilee year celebrations.
It is not first time that the country has discussed dropping the Queen as head of state.
In 2012, former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller said she would severe colonial-era links by abandoning the British monarch and adopting a republican form of government.
Barbados announced in December is planning to drop the Queen as their head of state later this year, ahead of the 50th anniversary of their independence from British rule.
If the Queen is replaced as head of state, the island nation will retain links with the British Crown through its membership of the Commonwealth.
At the time, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace told MailOnline it was a matter for the government and the people of Barbados.
Fellow Caribbean countries Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago are already republican countries.
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