Barbados declares Rihanna a national hero, ditches Queen Elizabeth

Formerly part of the British Empire, Barbados declared independence in 1966, but Queen Elizabeth II continued in her role as head of state.

Bridgetown: Barbados forged a new republic earlier this week and in the process ditched Britain`s Queen Elizabeth as head of state. The Caribbean country forged its first-ever president as it severed its last remaining colonia; bonds after 4 centuries of the first English ships arriving there.

A 21-gun salute fired as the national anthem of Barbados was played over a crowded Heroes Square at the stroke of midnight as a new republic was born. During the event, Prime Minister Mia Mottley also declared billionaire singer-actress-entrepreneur Rihanna a National Hero.

“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions,” Mottley told Rihanna, The Hollywood Reporter stated.

“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,” Mottley was also seen saying, inviting the singer up to stand alongside her.

Formerly part of the British Empire, Barbados declared independence in 1966, but Queen Elizabeth II continued in her role as head of state. Rihanna, meanwhile, was born in Saint Michael and brought up in the capital of Bridgetown, before moving to the US and becoming one of the most-renowned singers of contemporary times.

USA Today quoted Rihanna as saying, “This is a day that I will never, ever forget. It’s also a day that I never saw coming.” She further added, “I have travelled the world and received several awards and recognitions, but nothing, nothing compares to being recognized in the soil that you grew in.”

first published:Dec. 2, 2021, 7:01 a.m.

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