In Bridgetown, Barbados celebrated its republican holidays and declared singer Rihanna a national hero. The prime minister of the country, Mia Mottley, said: ‘On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you, the designee, for national hero of Barbados, ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty may you continue to shine like a diamond.’ The ceremony was part of celebrations as Barbados became the world’s newest republic, and Rihanna accepted the award to cheers from the crowd.
As Barbados cuts ties with the British and removes the Queen from the throne, the singer participated in a ceremony with the Prince of Wales.
Rihanna has already been honoured with several accolades from her home country, and her growing list continues. As the island country declared independence from Britain, the international superstar was at home once again for a celebration in Barbados.
During the historic event, Rihanna, 33, was seen greeting Prince Charles and they appeared to be having a friendly chat as the Royal laughed and smiled beneath his mask. Stunning in a burnt orange, one shoulder silk gown, the singer made every effort to look her best.
On Monday evening, Prince Charles attended the presidential inauguration ceremony to see Barbados become a republic and welcome its first president, Sandra Mason. This marked the end of The Queen’s reign as Barbados’ head of state.
For her achievements in the entertainment industry and shining a positive light on Barbados internationally, Rihanna was honored in this ceremony as Barbados’ 11th National Hero. During this moment, Rihanna, who became a Barbados Ambassador in 2018, touched her chest and thanked all those standing nearby for their kind words.
During his speech, Prince Charles acknowledged the UK’s role in the transatlantic slave trade, describing it as the ‘darkest days in our history’. He said: ‘The creation of this Republic offers a new beginning, but it also marks a point on a continuum, a milestone on the long road you have not only travelled, but which you have built. ‘From the darkest days of our past, and the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever stains our history, the people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude.’