Barbados has plenty to celebrate! After 400 years, Barbados officially removed Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state to become the world’s newest republic, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president, and Rihanna was declared a national hero.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that the 33-year-old international superstar would be conferred with the honor of National Hero of Barbados.

Rihanna, who was in attendance for the republican celebrations in her hometown of Bridgetown gleamed with pride as Prime Minister Mottley said:

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 bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions. 

Watch the clip below. 

Congratulations to Rihanna and Barbados.

Source: Reuters