Prince Harry attends in Barbados’ 50th independence anniversary celebration

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:18 GMT, Dec 1, 2016 |

Britain’s Prince Harry and singer Rihanna helped kick-off Barbados’ Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert to celebrate the country’s 50th independence anniversary on Wednesday (Nov 30).

Barbados-native Rihanna was welcomed to the stage in the country’s capital city of Bridgetown before the National Youth Choir sang the national anthem. The pop star sang along as she stood beside Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maxine McClean, Prince Harry and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

The prince addressed the crowd gathered at Kensington Oval stadium and said he was delighted to be in attendance for the nation’s special day.

“I am honored to be here representing my grandmother the queen as we celebrate the historic milestone of 50 years of independence of this beautiful nation, Prince Harry announced to a crowd of around 20,000 people, according to organizers.

He also introduced 28-year-old Jamilla Sealy, the recipient of a 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Sixty young people aged 18 to 29 in the Commonwealth have been recognized by Queen Elizabeth for driving change within their communities.

Barbadian talent took to the stage after Rihanna and Prince Harry exited, with singers and dancers representing the musical celebration of the ‘Golden Anniversary Mega Concert.’