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Prince Harry attends Barbados' 50th independence celebrations, Rihanna makes surprise appearance

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 12:14 PM
Britain's Prince Harry and Bajan singer Rihanna attend Golden anniversary celebrations at the Kensington Oval cricket ground, marking 50 years of the island's independence from England, in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Barbadian singer Rihanna met Prince Harry at the 50th anniversary celebration of Barbados independence.

The singer, who was a surprise guest, arrived at the annual Toast the Nation event celebrating national achievements, with guests including Prince Harry who read a message of support from the Queen to mark the 50th anniversary of the nation's independence.

The Queen's grandson read a message from the monarch where she paid tribute to Barbados and its people who, since achieving independence from the UK on November 30 1966, "have continued to flourish and grow into a strong and confident nation".

The Prince read the Queen's message to the guests: "Prince Philip and I send our warmest wishes to the Government and the people of Barbados on the occasion of your 50th Anniversary of Independence.

"Since you became an independent country in 1966, you have continued to flourish and grow into a strong and confident nation.

"The extraordinary talents of your people, from the cricket field to the music industry have been admired and recognised throughout the world. Barbados remains a favoured holiday destination for British people, not only for the incredible natural beauty of your country but because you have a great warmth and generosity of spirit.

Over the years I have visited Barbados five times and you have kindly welcomed many other members of my family.

"Our countries have a shared history, shared values and an affection which continues to bind us in friendship. On this day of celebration, I send my congratulations to you on your Golden Jubilee of Independence."