Barbados declares itself a republic, honours pop queen Rihanna as national hero

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Barbados formally declared itself a republic on November 30, 2021, after severing its remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 years after the first English ships arrived at the Caribbean island. Governor-General Sandra Mason was sworn in as the nation’s first president. During the celebration ceremony, pop singer Rihanna was named a national hero.

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