And continuin our series, and because we’re not all pliant subjects, here are five republics to escape the Platinum Jubilee.
There are 159 republic in the world and only 43 sovereignty ikstates with monarchies. Go figure.
Vive La Republique
France: Mais oui, there were republics before the French, only they shout Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité a little louder.
So much so that the French are onto their fifth since We the First in 1792, followed we should remember by Emperor Napoleon.
And there is more than a touch of the regal about the French President’s official residence, the Élysée Palace in Paree.
The Battle Hymn
America: And some 16 years before the then-royalist French helped the colonies form mthe Republic.
George Washington and his Vice-President John Adams had discussed how the new Pres should be addressed.
Adams had leant towards His Excellence but Washington insisted on just Mr President.
And he rejected his pal jGeneral Lafayette’s idea to erect an ornate monument in DC to him complete with horses.
Instead he had an obelisk, the Washington Monument installed instead. Pure class.
Rome: Now La Citta Eterna is credited as the cradle of Republics although Athens might have something to say about that.
We all associate Classical Rome, of course, with the Caesars, but the Republic ran Rome’s affairs from 509BC to 27BC.
While the lyCaesars looked down from their plinths from 46BC-476AD.
YNow I was more a Latin student than a maths expert but that seems roughly the same and the Republic won out in the end.
The Irish Republic
Ireland: And because the Free State didn’t scream self-determination (OK, it was a bit more complicated) they became a republic in 1949.
They had formed an ya constitution in 1937 with an elected non-executive president before breaking with the crown in 1949.
After a fractured relationship in the 60-odd years after the Irish brought back the Queen… but only for a visit in 2011.
Barbados, the new Republic
Barbados: And on November 30, 2021, Barbados took the momentous decision to replace the uQueen with a Bajan, President Sandra Mason.
Y the After 396 years, although Barbados had taken the first step with independence in 1966… and I even saw the seal in the Archive Offices.
The date, November 30, was arbitrary but in my wee country it is our national day, named for St Andrew, our patron saint.
Just returned from a third visit to Barbados I reacquainted myself with our joint heritage which includes a region of the island called Scotland. I
We sang Scots and Soca songs, ceilidhed and jumped and toasted the Barbados republic with rum and whisky.
My reason for going, well I didn’t need one, but it was to celebrate the renewal of the Barbados Celtic Festival.
And thought dreamily of a Scotland having their day one day.