Barbados Becomes A Republic And Honors Rihanna As A Hero

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Sandra Mason, President of Barbados, greets the New Colors during the country’s proclamation of a republic in Bridgetown on Tuesday.

Barbados declared itself the world’s newest republic on Tuesday, officially cutting ties with Queen Elizabeth II and the British royal family.

in a midnight party In its capital, Bridgetown, the Caribbean island nation has appointed Sandra Mason as its new president and head of state. Mason previously served as Governor General, Elizabeth’s official representative in the country.

Taking the oath of office, Mason said, “The Republic of Barbados has set sail on its maiden voyage. I hope it will weather all storms and land our country and its citizens safely on the horizon and shores ahead.”

Here’s the moment when Barbados transitioned into a republic, replacing Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. Prince Charles also attended the ceremony in Bridgetown

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Barbados last year announced plans to become a republic, ending nearly 400 years of British presence in the country.

It has been an independent country since 1966, but the Queen has served as the official head of state, as she does with Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Jamaica, among others.

Her eldest son, Prince Charles, was attending the ceremony, watching as the British monarch’s standard royal flag was lowered and then replaced.

“Your story is one that every Barbadian, young and old, can be proud of – inspired by what came before and confident of what lies ahead. “You are the custodians of your heritage, resolute craftsmen of your destiny!”

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Charles received the Medal of Freedom from Barbados, and told the new country that his mother wished them well.

He also spoke out against the British colonial history of slavery in the country, which was one of England’s original colonies for enslaved people.

“Since the darkest days of our past, and the horrific horrors of slavery, which have forever stained our history, the inhabitants of this island have made their way with extraordinary hardness,” Charles said in his speech.

“Tonight you are writing the next chapter of your nation’s story,” said the prince.

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Rihanna at the Republic party on Tuesday morning

Swearing allegiance to the new president, Prime Minister Mia Motley made sure that one of the new republic’s first official actions was to honor one of her original daughters: singer Rihanna.

The music star, who was appointed an ambassador in 2018 and was in attendance at Tuesday’s gala, was declared a National Champion “for leading the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, with her creativity, her discipline and, above all, her exceptional commitment to her land of birth.”

“I hope you continue to shine like diamonds,” said the prime minister.

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