Prince Charles has touched down in Barbados as the country prepares to break with the crown after nearly 400 years.

The Caribbean country is set to become a republic at midnight and will remove the Queen as their head of state, with Sandra Mason set to become the country's first ever president.

Barbados has been independent since 1966 but has, until now, retained Queen Elizabeth as the titular head of state - much like other former colonies such as Australia and Jamaica.

On Tuesday they will replace the Queen with Barbadian President Sandra Mason, who will serve as a largely symbolic figure behind Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who greeted Charles on the runway.

Also part of the welcoming group was a Guard of Honour and military band, and a deafening 21-gun salute rang out across the Grantley Adams International Airport to mark the prince's arrival.

Prince Charles is on a solo visit to Barbados for the ceremony (


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Following the ceremony, the Queen will no longer be head of state (


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Mason, the current Governor-General and the Queen's appointed representative to Barbados, was elected by the Barbadian parliament.

It will remain part of the Commonwealth.

The celebration also coincides with the country's November 30 independence day.

Prince Charles is the first member of the royal family to attend the transition of a realm to a republic during his two-day visit.

Charles will take the royal salute as a prince of Barbados for the last time tonight.

While Charles is in Barbados the second episode of the BBC documentary The Princes and the Press will air.

The show has ruffled feathers across the royal households and soured relations between the BBC and the Royal Family.

Royals are said to be angry with the BBC due to the documentary (


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The episode on Monday night will cover Harry and Meghan's decision to quit royal life and become private citizens in the United States.

Royal experts speaking in the documentary allege that household aides for Princes Harry and William briefed against each other in the press as the brothers' relationship became strained.

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