King Charles honored K-pop stars BLACKPINK for raising awareness of environmental sustainability during a state banquet in the UK on Tuesday Nov. 21.
The royal banquet was held at Buckingham Palace in London, in honor of South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol and First Lady Kim Keon-Hee’s state visit to the UK.
More than 170 guests, including K-pop stars BLACKPINK, were also invited and in attendance.
Speaking at the banquet, King Charles spoke addressed the impact of Korean culture on the globe, saying it is similar to the United Kingdom’s.
“Korea has matched Danny Boyle with Bong Joon-ho, James Bond with ‘Squid Game’ and the Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ with BTS’s ‘Dynamite,'” he said. “Our cultures share a remarkable ability to captivate imaginations across the world, transforming a so-called soft power into a shared superpower.”
“I applaud Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rosé – better known collectively as BLACKPINK – for their role in bringing the message of environmental sustainability to a global audience as ambassadors for the UK’s presidency of COP26, and later as advocates for the UN’s sustainable development goals,” he said in the speech.
“I can only admire how they can prioritize these vital issues, as well as being global superstars,” he added.
Charles also presented them with honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire medals.
The royal family also shared a video of the King’s guards playing BLACKPINK’s song ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU’ on its social media accounts, with the caption “On Wednesdays, we play BLACKPINK.”
BLACKPINK joined The Beatles in 1965 and Adele in 2013 as the only Musical Artist Honorary Awardee of the MBEs, in recognition of their role in promoting the work of the COP26 summit on climate change two years ago.