Rihanna Becomes 11th Official National Hero of Barbados

Rihanna attended a ceremony with the Prince of Wales as Barbados celebrated their full independence from Britain.

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Multiple Grammy Award winning musician and fashion mogul Rihanna has bagged yet another accolade from her home country Barbados.

Rihanna was home to celebrate the transitioning of Barbados into a Republic, attending the gala event with several Bajan and international leaders including the Prince of Wales.

The small island country has now cut ties with Britain, which makes them a fully independent Nation. As part of the events, Bajan Prime Minister Mia Mottley met with the Prince of Wales during the day and later in a ceremony, Rihana was inducted into the Barbados Order of National Heroes.


The event took place in Rihanna’s hometown of Bridgetown and Prime Minister Mottley stated, “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation by your works, by your actions.” Of course, that was a nod to the singer’s lustrous career and an ostensible praise for her hit track “Diamonds” which was released back in 2012.

The Fenty mogul was in attendance to also see the swearing-in of the country’s new president, Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason.

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Now that the Queen is no longer the head of state, Barbados will see new changes implemented in the years to come.

Back in 2018, Rihanna was also given the title of Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of Barbados, where she holds the responsibility of helping drive tourism and investment to her native country.

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