Pop star Rihanna and Prince Charles visited Barbados as the Caribbean island became a republic and installed Dame Sandra Mason as its first president, replacing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state after nearly four centuries of ties to the British Crown. Photo: Toby Melville/Pool/Getty Images
Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that the 33-year-old would be conferred with the honor of National Hero of Barbados to cheers. Rihanna was called up before the crowds to be congratulated by Mottley.
“May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions,” Mottley told Rihanna, a reference to her 2012 chart-topping single “Diamonds.”