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Rihanna has been given a rare honour in her hometown of Bridgetown.

Barbados declared the 'Diamonds' singer a National Hero during the presidential inauguration ceremony in Heroes Square on Monday night local time (Tuesday evening AEDT), marking the country's transition to a republic within the Commonwealth.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced the 33-year-old's hero status to cheers.

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Rihanna has been given a rare honour in her hometown of Bridgetown © Getty Rihanna has been given a rare honour in her hometown of Bridgetown Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that the 33-year-old would be conferred with the honour of National Hero of Barbados to cheers © Getty Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that the 33-year-old would be conferred with the honour of National Hero of Barbados to cheers

Rihanna was called up before the crowds to be congratulated by Mottley.

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"On behalf of a grateful nation and an even prouder people, we therefore present to you, to the designee, a National Hero of Barbados, ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty," Mottley said, using the singer's full name.

"May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation by your works, by your actions," she added in reference to Rihanna's 2012 chart-topping single.

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Prince Charles, who was also at the ceremony, personally congratulated the pop superstar.

The Barbadian businesswoman officially became a billionaire earlier this year, according to Forbes magazine.

Prince Charles, who was also at the ceremony, personally congratulated the pop superstar © Getty Prince Charles, who was also at the ceremony, personally congratulated the pop superstar Prince Charles speaks as Rihanna looks on during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at Heroes Square © Getty Prince Charles speaks as Rihanna looks on during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at Heroes Square

The business magazine labelled Ri-Ri, as she's affectionately known by fans, the wealthiest female musician and the second-richest woman in entertainment behind Oprah Winfrey.

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The 33-year-old, who hasn't dropped a new album in five years, has an estimated net worth of US$1.7 billion ($2.3 billion), thanks largely to her business venture Fenty Beauty.

Forbes estimates Fenty Beauty alone is worth US$2.8 billion ($3.8 billion).

The singer has also dedicated her time to building her business empire through her Savage x Fenty lingerie line.

- Reported with Reuters and CNN.

Rihanna, a national hero in Barbados, and a superstar worldwide .
Barbados Prime Minister names pop star Rihanna a national hero, telling her: "May you continue to shine like a diamond".Rihanna too was very much grateful for the honour.

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