Barbados becomes a republic and honors Rihanna as a hero

Barbados announced its intention to become a republic last year, ending nearly 400 years of British presence in the country.

It has been an independent nation since 1966, but the Queen had served as formal head of state, as she still does for Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Jamaica, among other nations.

Her eldest son Prince Charles was present at the ceremony, watching as the British monarch’s standard royal flag was lowered and then replaced.

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