Rihanna fans are calling for the singer to replace Queen Elizabeth II as Barbados’ head of state amid the island’s bid to become a republic in 2021.
The ‘Work’ singer, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was born and raised in Barbados. It was there that her talents were discovered as a teen.
On Tuesday, the Caribbean island’s government announced that they plan to “fully leave” their “colonial past behind”, meaning they would remove the 94-year-old British monarch as their head of state and dissociate them from their previous coloniser.
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Following the announcement, the Savage X Fenty founder’s fans “nominated” Rihanna, 32, to replace the Queen.
“It’s time for Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth as Head of State, in favour of Queen Robyn Rihanna,” one fan requested.
Another demanded, “Replace her with Rihanna, you cowards!”
“Barbados should make Rihanna their new head of state,” a fan wrote, adding: “No but really good on them separating themselves from the queen. I’d love to see more island nations follow suit.”
One fan called the replacement of Queen Elizabeth II an “important first step to installing Rihanna as the God Empress of Barbados”.
“Finally. Everybody knows Rihanna is the true sovereign of Barbados,” another fan declared.
One fan added: “I know I’m not from Barbados, so my opinion doesn’t really count, but I’d like to nominate @rihanna as Barbadian Head of State.”
Other fans joked that if Rihanna were to become the head of state in Barbados that they would never get her highly-anticipated ninth studio album.
“Great now watch Rihanna become president of Barbados and adios R9,” one fan said.
Another added: “I feel like Rihanna will become Prime Minister of Barbados before dropping that album.”
The call for Rihanna to become the country’s head of state isn’t very far-fetched.
In 2018, she was named Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Barbados, a responsibility dedicated to promoting tourism, education and investment in the country.
The street she grew up on was also renamed Rihanna Drive in 2017.
Since then, the ‘Needed Me’ singer has been providing financial support to the country for necessary infrastructure improvements, and more recently, for coronavirus relief aid.
Barbados, which achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, said it aims to “take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence”.
“Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving,” Governor-General Sandra Mason said before parliament on Tuesday, reading a speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
A British Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “Barbados and the UK are united in our shared history, culture, language and much more. We have an enduring partnership and will continue to work with them along with all our valued Caribbean partners.”
Barbados gained independence from its colonial ruler decades ago but stayed connected to the monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as its legal and practical – but non-political – ruler, according to The Independent.
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After establishing its own head of state next year, the nation, like many other former territories in the British Empire, is expected to become a republic within the Commonwealth.
Barbados was first seized by England in 1625 and became infamous as a stop in the transatlantic slave trade. Colonists would ship in labourers to work in the prosperous sugar cane production industry.
The country will join former Caribbean colonies Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and Guyana, which all achieved independence and became republics in the 1960s and 1970s, but stayed within the Commonwealth.
This article originally appeared on Fox News and is republished here with permission.