Last night was historic for Barbados as it has officially been named a republic while also parting ways from the Queen – and Rihanna was there to meet Prince Charles
The singer attended the ceremony of Barbados officially becoming a republic and parting ways from the Queen.
She was named a National Hero at the event for her achievements in entertainment and shining a positive light on the country around the world.
The 33-year-old met Prince Charles at the ceremony where the country’s first ever president, Sandra Mason, was inaugurated, removing the Queen as the head of state.
The event took place at National Heroes Square in the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley talked about Rihanna’s achievements in a speech as she said: “Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth.
“Having satisfied that Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados.”
She added: “My Government has the distinct honour of recommending to the president who has kindly and graciously accepted that Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty shall have conferred upon her the order of National Hero of Barbados.”
Rihanna looked stunning in a silk look orange gown, along with bronze strappy heels and a black face mask.
The star is the second woman in Barbados history to be given the honour of being a National Hero after the religious leader Sarah Ann Gill, who died in 1866.
The singer is also just one of two living Barbados National Heroes, as the other being 85 year old cricketer Sir Garfield, who was given the title in 1998.
Being named a National Hero of Barbados means Rihanna receives the full title of The Right Excellent Robyn Rihanna Fenty for her whole life.
Before this Rihanna had served as a Barbadian ambassador since September 2018.
Prince Charles gave a speech at the event as he specifically mentioned the UK’s past slave trade saying it was some of ‘darkest days of our past’.
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.”
The future king added: “Emancipation, self-government and Independence were your way-points. Freedom, justice and self-determination have been your guides.
“Your long journey has brought you to this moment, not as your destination, but as a vantage point from which to survey a new horizon.”
During the ceremony there were various performances to mark the occasion of music, dance and spoken word.