Rihanna is congratulated by Prince Charles after being honored with the National Hero Award by President Dame Sandra Mason at the Barbados Republican celebrations as a new Republic. The Queen’s 55-year reign as head of state in Barbados officially ended yesterday with the island becoming officially the world’s latest Republic. Riri is the 2nd woman in history to receive the honor of National Hero after religious leader Sarah Ann Gill, who died in 1866, and is the only living National honoree, along with 85-year-old cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers, who was honored in 1998.

The chart topper looked absolutely gorgeous in a chic white mini dress and blazer, oozing style, as she received the honour from President Dame Sandra Mason before making a speech at the National Honors ceremony in Bridgetown. Rihanna accessorized her outfit with white gladiator sandals which showcased her perfect pins, and wore a gold and pearl necklace, diamond stud earrings and a black face mask which she removed only to give her speech! The hitmaker is just the 11th person to receive the honour! Rihanna later posed for pics at the Golden Square Freedom Park where an Independence Day Parade took place. With the recognition of National Hero of Barbados, Riri also receives the full title of The Right Excellent Robyn Rihanna Fenty for life. The pop star posed next to a statue of Clement Payne, who was named as one of the National Heroes of Barbados in 1998. Rihanna has, till now, served as a Barbadian ambassador since September 2018. 

It was a historic moment when President Dame Sandra Mason was sworn by Prince Charles on Monday evening. Rihanna rocked an orange silk couture dress. Prince Charles told the new republic on live television: ‘I shall always consider myself a friend of Barbados.’ Charles’ speech clearly proved his support of the new Republic of Barbados and Rihanna was thrilled. The crown Prince listed the ways he would “remain deeply committed to this very special country”, mentioning the Prince’s Trust International charity endeavours in supporting Barbados’s young people and his work with their government on issues like climate change. Charles had flown to Barbados to represent its former head of state, the Queen. The handover of power took place on the anniversary of Barbados’ independence from Britain in 1966.