Barbados is entering a new era with Rihanna as its National Hero.
The Fenty founder received a high honor from her home country on Monday and was named a National Hero by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley in a ceremony marking the country's split from the British throne to become its own republic.
Rihanna, born in Barbados in 1988 as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, wore an orange silk dress from Bottega Veneta, strappy heels and a black face mask as she sat alongside top officials for the event, complete with military parades, a mounted guard of honor and gun salutes.
"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," the prime minister told the celebrity. "May you continue to shine like a diamond and continue to bring honor to your nation by your words, by your actions, and to do credit wherever you shall go."
Barbados to become a republic, replacing British queen
Barbados is about to cut ties with the British monarchy, but the legacy of a sometimes brutal colonial past and the pandemic's impact on tourism pose major challenges for the Caribbean island as it becomes the world's newest republic. In October, Barbados elected Mason to become its first president, one year after Prime Minister Mia Mottley declared that the country would "fully" leave its colonial past.Famed for its beaches and love of cricket, Barbados will this week replace its head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, with her current representative, Governor General Sandra Mason.
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Rihanna had just been declared a national hero by the Barbadian government and bestowed with a title, “the right excellent,” as the island bade farewell to Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and celebrated becoming a republic for the first time in history. “On behalf of a grateful nation , but an
It is the first time in more than 20 years that Barbados has bestowed a national hero honor: The last person to receive the title was former cricket player Garfield St. Aubrun Sobers. A total of 11 people have now been honored since 1998, including a slave who led a rebellion and the first person of
Barbados has officially removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and become the world's newest republic . In an overnight ceremony in the capital, Bridgetown, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president. The Prince of Wales and Barbadian singer Rihanna attended the event, which coincided
Speaking as the guest of honour at the event, Prince Charles reiterated the continuing ties between the two nations despite the constitutional status change. He described the moment as a new beginning before being awarded the prestigious Order of Freedom of Barbados by the new president.
The "Diamonds" singer can now add 'The Right Honourable' before her name as a National Hero which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is an honor that has only been given to 11 people, with Rihanna being the second woman to receive it.
The Pride of Nationhood ceremony took place in Bridgetown, Barbados, and saw the Caribbean nation formally remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.
"Republic Barbados has set sail on her maiden voyage," Dame Sandra Mason said in her inauguration speech as the first president of the country, according to CBS News. The former governor-general recognized the "complex, fractured and turbulent world" the new republic would need to navigate. "Our country must dream big dreams and fight to realize them."
Prince Charles travels to Barbados to celebrate the creation of a republic
Prince Charles travels to Barbados to celebrate the creation of a republic BRIDGETOWN (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles flew to Barbados as the Caribbean nation prepared for a celebration on Monday marking the founding of a republic and the removal of the queen as sovereign, cutting imperial ties some 400 years after English ships first arrived. © Reuters/TOBY MELVILLE Prince Charles arrives in Barbados to celebr Barbados won independence from Britain in 1966 but has retained Queen Elizabeth as its official sovereign.
Barbados has formally removed Queen Elizabeth as its head of state, transitioning from a Commonwealth to a republic . Prince Charles was in attendance to mark Barbados ’ exit from the Commonwealth.
“The creation of this republic offers a new beginning,” Charles said. “From the darkest days of our past and the appalling atrocity of slavery which forever stains our history, people of this island forged their path with extraordinary fortitude.” Prime Minister Mia Mottley, the leader of Barbados ’ republican movement, honored Rihanna with her National Hero prize.
Barbados removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and declared itself a republic on Tuesday, and then declared Rihanna a national hero . After swearing allegiance to the new president, Sandra Mason, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley honored Rihanna at the country's celebrations of becoming a republic , the BBC reported . Mottley referenced Rihanna 's song "Diamonds" and told the singer: "May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions," Reuters reported . Rihanna was born in Barbados . Barbados was ruled by the British
The new era ends Britain's centuries of influence, including more than 200 years of slavery until 1834. Among those gathered for the ceremony was Prince Charles, who also spoke to the crowd during the handover and acknowledged the mark slavery had left on the two countries.
"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," he told the crowd.
Read more on Barbados' rise as the world's newest republic at CBS News.
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