Rihanna brought an international feel to a very British gig last night, arriving on a steampunk pirate ship to join Chris Martin and his Coldplay bandmates at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony.

Many on Twitter immediately asked what a non-Brit was doing celebrating the close of the London Games, particularly as every other performer chosen by Danny Boyle and Co all had UK passports.

rihanna coldplay
Rihanna was Coldplay's "special guest"

As well as joining Coldplay for their joint number Princess of China, she sang her own massive hit We Found Love, and then joined in with Jay-Z and Coldplay for an energetic rendition of Run This Town.

The Barbadian singer, as known for her raunchy image as for her singing skills, had the nouse, however, to cover up in a striking orange outfit, so that any chat of inappropriate dressage didn't overshadow the event, as had happened to her previously on X Factor and at the Brit Awards. Her freshly-cropped barnet also added to the overall look of a singer who wished to be taken more seriously than usual.

All in all, the star did nothing to dent her enormous fanbase, and may well have recruited some new converts with her display of stadium-sized charisma and ability to match some of the biggest stars in the world note for note.

What did you think of Rihanna's performance at the Closing Ceremony? Below is a round-up of some of the earliest feedback. Share yours in the Comments section too...

Loading Slideshow...

Here's a round-up of some of the first feedback on Rihanna's big gig...

The Sun: Pop princess Rihanna wowed the crowd by performing a duet with Chris before appearing on a giant swing to sing We Found Love. More here...

The Mail:
The entrance of Rihanna after eight Coldplay songs was no doubt a welcome relief for people who weren't fans of the rock band. More here...

The Guardian:
The same was true of Rihanna's solo appearance. We Found Love is a decent pop song that's become rather a victim of its own success: one way of giving it some added interest in the teeth of its ubiquity is to have her perform it while flying around the stadium on what looked like a vast garden swing. More here...

The Telegraph:
Rihanna demurely flew in on a swing to liven things up with her hit We Found Love and later Jay Z joined them on Run This Town. The band were also self-effacing enough to leave the stage show to nearly 2,000 volunteer performers and professional dancers who writhed ecstatically around them, giving the night a decidedly prog-rock feel. More here...

Loading Slideshow...
  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks are let off to signal the end of the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks are let off during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks are let off during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    The fireworks go off at the end of the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    The fireworks go off at the end of the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    *ALTERNATE CROP* Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Fireworks explode over the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Rihanna and Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Members of the public watch a fireworks display from London Bridge, to celebrate the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony in London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Rihanna performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Rihanna and Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Rihanna performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Rihanna performs during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Coldplay and Rihanna duet during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    A scene during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Coldplay perform during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Chris Martin of Coldplay during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Jonny Buckland of Coldplay performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the London Paralympic Games.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at the Olympic Stadium for the closing ceremony of the London Paralympic Games.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    A performer during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    An inflatable Paralympic Agitos during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Captain Luke Sinnott climbs a flag pole during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Union Flag is raised during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: The Paralympic cauldron flame burns as performers carry torches during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Pyrotechnics burn during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Flag bearers carry their national flags during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Pyrotechnics burn during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven MBE arrive in the arena during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    A performer during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Coldplay perform during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (left), arrives with IPC President Sir Philip Craven during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    A scene during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    General View of performers during the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Performers during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Ireland's Michael McKillop (top left) is seen above the heat haze from the flame after receiving his gold medal for being named the best athlete who best exemplified the spirit of the Paralympics, during the Paralympic Games closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Lance Corporal Rory Mackenzie gives a speech during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Lance Corporal Rory Mackenzie gives a speech during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.