Entertainment Rihanna Named National Hero by Barbados: 'May You Continue to Shine Like a Diamond'
Prince Charles to visit Barbados as it becomes republic
Prince Charles will attend ceremonies in Barbados later this month as the Caribbean island officially becomes a republic, dropping his mother Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, his office said Friday. The former British colony became independent in 1966 but the Queen, 95, remains head of state, represented by a governor-general. On November 30 -- the 55th anniversary of independence -- Sandra Mason, the 72-year-old current governor-general of Barbados, will be sworn in as its first president.Charles, 72, will be the guest of honour at the celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, his personal office at Clarence House said.
received a high honor from her home country of Barbados on Monday night.
The Fenty founder, 33, was named a National Hero by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley in a ceremony marking the country's split from the United Kingdom to become its, according to .
In aof the ceremony shared by The Guardian, Rihanna walked up to Mottley to accept her new title, wearing an orange silk dress from Bottega Veneta, strappy heels and a black face mask. The event took place in Rihanna's hometown, Bridgetown.
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.
The Prime Minister told Rihanna in the clip, "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."
"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," Mottley added, referring to Rihanna's 2012 hit, "Diamonds."
Rihanna, who was born in Barbados in 1988 as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, can now add The Right Honourable before her name as a National Hero. The honor has only been given to 11 people, and Rihanna is the second woman to receive it, per THR.
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.
2021 has been a year of accomplishments for the singer — prior to being named a National Hero, Rihanna officially became ain August, making her one of the most successful entertainers working globally today.
reported at the time that Rihanna's net worth was estimated to be around $1.7 billion, putting her just behind .
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Rihanna also went public with a new relationship this year, confirming her romance with boyfriend. While she's been keeping busy with her fashion line, beauty company and love life, Rihanna told fans in March that she would be ."
Her most recent alum, Anti, was released in 2016. Rihannathe album's five-year anniversary in January by thanking her fans.
"Thank you navy!," she wrote on at the time.
Barbados Declares Rihanna a National Hero as It Cuts Ties With Queen Elizabeth II, Becomes a Republic .
The multi-hyphenate was honored by her home country as Barbados cuts colonial-era ties to the British throne.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.