King Charles Honors Blackpink During South Korean President’s State Visit

During South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s state visit to the United Kingdom, King Charles III handed honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire medals to K-Pop band Blackpink, according to Buckingham Palace.


Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rose spoke, laughed, and snapped photos with the British king as he handed out the medals.

King Charles III presents honorary MBEs to Blackpink during a special investiture ceremony in Buckingham Palace in the presence of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife, Kim Keon Hee.
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“It’s amazing you’re still talking to each other after all these years,” King Charles jokingly said to the band at the ceremony.

“I hope I shall be able to see you perform live at some point.”

Buckingham Palace stated that Blackpink got the MBEs in appreciation of the band members’ roles as COP26 Advocates for the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow in 2021.

In July, the band made history by being the first K-pop group to headline a major UK music festival, performing in front of a sold-out crowd of 65,000 at the BST Hyde Park summer event in central London.

Blackpink has become one of the most popular girl groups in the world since their debut in 2016, smashing records such as becoming the most subscribed-to music artists on YouTube.

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