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In a historic moment blending British and K-pop royalty, King Charles presented BLACKPINK with honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) medals during South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol’s state visit, acknowledging their role as COP26 Advocates for the United Nations climate summit. The quartet – Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rose – shared laughter and conversation with the British monarch at Buckingham Palace.
The state banquet showcased the intersection of cultures, with King Charles commending BLACKPINK’s environmental advocacy and global impact. “I applaud BLACKPINK for bringing the message of environmental sustainability to a global audience,” he said. The royal acknowledgment came during a glittering dinner, attended by approximately 170 guests, including the K-pop sensations.
Following artists like The Beatles, Ed Sheeran, and Adele, BLACKPINK has made history as the first non-British recipients of the MBE medal. This achievement is notable, and Prince Charles acknowledges Korea’s influence on pop culture, praising their ability to balance global stardom and commitment to environmental issues. The groundbreaking performances of BLACKPINK at BST Hyde Park and Coachella have also received acclaim, highlighting their global impact.
The evening continued with a carriage procession along The Mall, showcasing the unique blend of tradition and contemporary influence. President Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife participated in various ceremonial events, including a wreath-laying ceremony at the Korean War Memorial.
Adding a touch of glamour to the event, BLACKPINK adhered to the white-tie dress code in stunning gowns. Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa arrived in style, each wearing distinctive outfits that reflected their individual tastes and fashion flair. Jisoo stunned in Dior puff-sleeved black dress. Jennie wore an off-the-shoulder, long-sleeved silk satin gown from Maticevski. Rosé picked a Saint Laurent black velvet style with a sweetheart neckline. Lisa in an embellished blue gown with a cape by Georges Hobeika.
As BLACKPINK enjoyed the spotlight at Buckingham Palace, their presence underscored the power of cultural exchange. The collision of British and K-pop worlds symbolised a shared superpower, where music and advocacy transcend borders. In this captivating royal affair, BLACKPINK not only made history but also demonstrated the harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity on a global stage.