Rihanna honored as Barbados becomes a republic
On the 55th anniversary of the country’s independence, Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as president in an overnight ceremony in the capital of Bridgetown on Monday, November 29.
Rihanna, a Barbadian singer, was in attendance, as was the Prince of Wales, Charles, who represented the Queen.
In a speech, Prince Charles acknowledged the Caribbean island’s “appalling crime of slavery” while declaring that it was time for it to become a republic.
Despite the constitutional status change, Prince Charles spoke as the event’s guest of honor, reiterating the two countries’ enduring relations.
Before being granted the renowned Order of Freedom of Barbados by the incoming president, he described the occasion as a “fresh beginning.”
The Queen expressed her “warmest well wishes” for the country’s future happiness, peace, and success, and stated the country holds a “special place” in her heart.
A final salute was given to the British monarchy, and the British Royal Standard flag was lowered and replaced to mark the official shift of power.
Following a vote in parliament last month, Dame Sandra Mason, 72, the island’s governor-general since 2018, was named president-elect of the country. She has taken over as the country’s leader from the Queen.
“On her maiden journey, the vessel Republic Barbados has set sail. May she weather all storms and securely land our country and its residents on the horizons and shores that lie ahead “After being sworn in, she remarked.
President Mason will eventually name pop star Rihanna a national hero, she claimed. Robyn Rihanna Fenty, the singer and businesswoman’s full name, was already made an ambassador by her home country in 2018.
Ms Mottley remarked, referring to one of Rihanna’s songs, “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your land.”
Barbados announced its intention to become a republic last year, although it insists it would remain a Commonwealth member.
Barbados was one of the earliest slave colonies established by England. The island was first inhabited by English immigrants in 1627, and it became a sugar plantation economy under British authority, employing enslaved people brought in from Africa.
Barbados abolished slavery in 1834, and the island gained full independence in 1966.
Prior to Barbados, which has a population of around 285,000 people, Mauritius was the last country to depose the Queen as head of state in 1992.