When Harry met Rihanna: Prince in Barbados

Prince Harry and Rihanna have kicked off Barbados' 50th independence anniversary celebrations at the Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert.

The pair stood alongside Prime Minister Freundel Stuart as they watched the National Youth Choir sing the national anthem.

Addressing the crowd of around 20,000 people, Prince Harry said he was delighted to be in attendance for the nation's special day.

"I am honoured to be here representing my grandmother the queen as we celebrate the historic milestone of this beautiful nation."

Prince Harry and Rihanna laugh on stage as they kick off Barbados' 50th independence anniversary celebrations Credit: Reuters
Prince Harry and Rihanna's shoes Credit: Reuters

Earlier in the evening Prince Harry and Barbadian-native Rihanna met at the annual Toast the Nation event, which celebrates national achievements.

Harry read a message of support from the Queen to mark the 50th anniversary of Barbados' independence.

The Queen paid tribute to the country and its people, whom she said "have continued to flourish and grow into a strong and confident nation".

Prince Harry and Rihanna shake hands as they meet in Barbados Credit: Reuters

Harry and Rihanna briefly shook hands inside a marquee shortly after the prince had arrived at the event in the capital Bridgetown.

The prince is currently on a 15-day tour of the West Indies to promote links between Britain and the Caribbean.