Rihanna is the national heroine (seriously) of Barbados-turned-republic

Barbados became a republic. After nearly 400 years of rule, since midnight, Elizabeth II is no longer head of state for the Caribbean island, which will continue to be part of the Commonwealth.

On the day of the 55th anniversary of independence from the United Kingdom and in the presence of Prince Charles, Barbados celebrated in Bridgetown the inauguration of the first female president in the country’s history, Sandra Mason, who was elected in October.

As part of the festivities, Prime Minister Mia Motley has officially named Rihanna, the first person on the island, the National Champion.

Motley said, citing text from Diamond“Honor the nation in word and deed.”

As you know, Robin Rihanna Fenty was born in Bridgetown, where she grew up before being discovered and brought to the United States. She has always maintained a strong relationship with the island, of which she was an ambassador for three years (the exact title is “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary”).

On that occasion, the Prime Minister praised the singer for her “deep love for this country” and “charitable work in the health and education sectors, which is a testament to her patriotic love for the island which she still considers her home.”

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