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Barbados declares Rihanna a national hero during republic ceremony

Barbados has declared singer Rihanna a national hero during its republican celebrations in Bridgetown. The country's prime minister, Mia 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.' Rihanna accepted the honour to cheers from the crowd. The ceremony was part of celebrations as Barbados became the world’s newest republic. Subscribe to Guardian News on YouTube ► http://bit.ly/guardianwiressub At the stroke of midnight Barbados becomes the world’s newest republic ► https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/30/at-the-stroke-of-midnight-barbados-becomes-the-worlds-newest-republic The Guardian publishes independent journalism, made possible by supporters. Contribute to The Guardian today ► https://bit.ly/3uhA7zg Website ► https://www.theguardian.com Facebook ►https://www.facebook.com/theguardian Twitter ► https://twitter.com/guardian Instagram ► https://instagram/guardian
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