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BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS - NOVEMBER 30: Rihanna, honored as a National Hero, attends the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at Heroes Square on November 30, 2021 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Prince of Wales arrived in the country ahead of its transition to a republic within the Commonwealth. This week, it formally removes Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and the current governor-general, Dame Sandra Mason, will be sworn in as president. (Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)

Congratulations to Rihanna!  Barbados not only transitioned from a British Colony to a republic on November 30th but they have also declared the singer and businesswoman a national hero.  Rihanna is the 2nd living person and the 11th person to receive the honor. She flew home to accept the honor with the first living national hero, Sir Garfield Sobers, looking on.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley bestowed the honor upon Rihanna saying, “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions.

Barbados has a population of 200,000 and was under British rule for over 400 years. The event also marks 55 years to the day that Barbados was declared independent although Queen Elizabeth remained ceremonial head of the country.

Check out pictures from the ceremony below.