Rihanna has been declared a national heroine by authorities in her home country, Barbados.
In the country’s first event as a republic, following a ceremony in which Queen Elizabeth II was deposed as head of state, the 33-year-old founder of Fenty was awarded the title of national hero.
The singer received the honor at the country’s very first presidential inauguration ceremony, where Dame Sandra Mason became the ruler of the island.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who has led efforts for Barbados to become a republic, presented the singer with the award and, in a speech, referred to her 2012 song Diamonds.
“Above all, to dominate the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, with her creativity, her discipline and most of all her extraordinary commitment to her native land,” Mottley said of the singer. “May you continue to shine like a diamond and honor your nation by your works, by your actions. “
Elsewhere, Prince Charles attended the ceremony to recognize the country’s transition out of the Commonwealth.
“The creation of this republic offers a new beginning,” he said at the event. “From the darkest days of our past and the appalling atrocity of slavery that forever sullies our history, the people of this island have forged their way with extraordinary strength.”