Rihanna wows in a plunging white mini dress at National Hero ceremony

Rihanna looks sensational in a plunging white mini dress and blazer as she accepts her National Hero insignia at Barbados Republican celebrations in Bridgetown

  • Barbados ushered in a new era on Monday after ending the Queen’s 55-year role as head of state and becoming the world’s new republic 
  • Rihanna was honored with the National Hero Award shortly after the Caribbean island nation became a republic 
  • She is the second woman in Barbados history to be given the honor of National Hero after religious leader Sarah Ann Gill, who died in 1866 
  • She is also only one of two living Barbados National Heroes, with the other being 85-year-old cricketer Sir Garfield, who received the title in 1998 

Rihanna looked sensational on Tuesday as she delightedly accepted her National Hero insignia during the Barbados Republican celebrations in Bridgetown. 

The singer-turned-entrepreneur, 33, dressed to impress for the occasion at the Golden Square Freedom Park, wowing in a plunging white mini dress and matching blazer.

Rihanna put on a leggy display in the thigh-skimming number as she received her medal from President Dame Sandra Mason before making a speech at the National Honors ceremony.


Wowing in white: Rihanna looked sensational on Tuesday as she delightedly accepted her National Hero insignia during the Barbados Republican celebrations in Bridgetown

The Umbrella hitmaker boosted her height in strappy white heels, while she added a touch of bling to her look with a delicate gold and pearl necklace and diamond stud earrings. 

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the star covered up in a black face mask, while her raven locks were styled into chic chunky plaits. 

Rihanna removed her mask as she took to the podium to deliver her speech after becoming only the second woman in Barbados history to be given the honor of National Hero after religious leader Sarah Ann Gill, who died in 1866.

strut: Rihanna put on a leggy display in the thigh-skimming number as she received her medal from President Dame Sandra Mason before making a speech at the National Honors ceremony


Ceremony style: The Umbrella hitmaker boosted her height in strappy white heels, while she added a touch of bling to her look with a delicate gold and pearl necklace and diamond stud earrings

Safety first: Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the star covered up in a black face mask, while her raven locks were styled into chic chunky plaits

The pop star, who is the 11th person to receive the honour, appeared in great spirits as she earlier sat in the audience at the ceremony.

She later posed for snaps in and around the Golden Square Freedom Park, with the day also including an Independence Day Parade.

Rihanna is also only one of two living Barbados National Heroes, with the other being 85-year-old cricketer Sir Garfield, who received the title in 1998.

With the recognition of National Hero of Barbados, she also receives the full title of The Right Excellent Robyn Rihanna Fenty for life.


Thank you: Rihanna removed her mask as she took to the podium to deliver her speech after becoming only the second woman in Barbados history to be given the honor of National Hero after religious leader Sarah Ann Gill, who died in 1866

This is her moment: Rihanna was bursting with pride as she took to the stage on her special day



Star of the show: Rihanna caught the eye in her plunging white ensemble as she attended the National Hero ceremony


Proud: Rihanna proudly stood next to a statue of Clement Payne, who was named as one of the National Heroes of Barbados in 1998

What a moment: Rihanna is awarded the National Hero insignia by by President Dame Sandra Mason

Girl power: The President and the singer shared a moment together at the ceremony

Before this latest honor, the Break It Off star had served as a Barbadian ambassador since September 2018. 

In comes as Rihanna was on hand to witness the historic moment inaugural president Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in during a ceremony headed by Prince Charles on Monday in the Caribbean island’s capital, Bridgetown.

The pop star-turned-billionaire entrepreneur was among the many dignitaries, including the Prince of Wales, on hand to attend the ceremony. 

The Fenty Beauty founder ensured she caught the eye going braless in an orange silk dress and strappy heels as she was congratulated by former recipient Sir Garfield Sobers. 

Chit chat: Rihanna was seen in conversation with a fellow attendee at the event


Happy days: The pop star, who is the 11th person to receive the honour, appeared in great spirits as she earlier sat in the audience at the ceremony

Good mood: The We Found Love hitmaker flashed a thumbs up at the ceremony


Moment to remember: The chart-topper looked humbled as President Mason bestowed the National Hero honour

Shine bright: The President stood out in a yellow black ensemble with matching fascinator

Girl of the moment: Rihanna put on a dazzling display in her all-white outfit

The Prince of Wales represented the UK at the televised open-air ceremony and in a speech was also warmly acknowledged by the guests when he told the new republic: ‘I shall always consider myself a friend of Barbados.’

Charles’ speech was a positive message, as if written for a close acquittance, harbouring no regret at the decision taken by the Barbadian leaders, and it also acknowledge Britain’s role in the “appalling atrocity of slavery”.

He listed the ways he will “remain deeply committed to this very special country”, highlighting the on-going efforts of his Prince’s Trust International charity in supporting Barbados’s young people and his work with their government on issues like climate change.

Fun: She later posed for snaps in and around the Golden Square Freedom Park, with the day also including an Independence Day Parade

All smiles: Rihanna grinned at the camera as she larked about on her special day

Amazing: Rihanna is also only one of two living Barbados National Heroes, with the other being 85-year-old cricketer Sir Garfield, who received the title in 1998

Cute: The star later stopped to pose for a picture with  some children

Momentous day: Rihanna proudly posed for snaps amid the celebrations

Charles had flown into the tropical island as the representative of its head of state, the Queen – but after the midnight ceremony in the capital Bridgetown, he is now simply a visiting dignitary after watching the new President, Dame Sandra Mason, being inaugurated.

But a planned protest against his presence in Barbados and calling for slavery reparations from the Royal Family was cancelled after the island’s government denied them a permit to prevent the spread Covid-19.

The handover of power was pointedly chosen on the anniversary of Barbados’ independence from Britain in 1966.

Historic: In comes as Rihanna was on hand to witness the historic moment inaugural president Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in during a ceremony headed by Prince Charles on Monday in the Caribbean island’s capital, Bridgetown 

Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley (L) and President of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason (R) honor Rihanna as a National Hero during the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony at Heroes Square.

Hello there: Prince Charles was seen greeting Rihanna after she was made a National Hero in the ceremony

Speech: Prince Charles addressed the dignitaries as his mother is replaced as head of state.

 

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