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Blackpink Goes to a Palace Banquet During a State Visit to South Korea, and King Charles Shouts Them Out!

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At the state dinner at Buckingham Palace, British royalty and music royalty met.

In honor of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and First Lady Kim Keon Hee’s state visit to the UK on Tuesday night, King Charles and Queen Camilla held a fancy dinner at the palace. The King, who is 76 years old, gave a shoutout to Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rosé of the popular K-pop band BLACKPINK during his speech, which was heard by about 170 people.

King Charles started his speech with a welcome in Korean, which was cheered on. He then praised the relationship between South Korea and Great Britain. He also praised South Korea’s progress in sustainability, which has been a personal cause of his for a long time, and BLACKPINK’s effect.

King Charles said, “It is especially inspiring to see Korea’s young people get behind the cause.” I praise Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rosé, better known as BLACKPINK, for spreading the word about protecting the environment around the world as Ambassadors for the U.K.’s Presidency of COP 26 and afterward as supporters of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Pop Base sent a video from Sky News to X that shows the BLACKPINK members looking at each other sweetly during the King’s shout-out from their different seats.

“I can only admire how they can put these important issues first while also being world famous,” Charles said. His last trip to Seoul was in 1992, with Princess Diana, just weeks before it was announced that they were splitting up. He said, “Sadly, when I was in Seoul all those years ago, I don’t think I developed much of what might be called the Gangnam Style!” He was referring to the 2013 viral hit song by South Korean singer Psy.

Blackpink Goes to a Palace Banquet During a State Visit to South Korea, and King Charles Shouts Them Out!

In an earlier part of his speech, the King talked about how Korea has as much of an impact on pop culture as the UK does.

“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 stated. “Our cultures share a remarkable ability to captivate imaginations across the world, transforming a so-called soft power into a shared superpower.”

The BBC said that BLACKPINK made history at BST Hyde Park in July when they were the first Korean band to front a big U.K. music festival. The high came after a similar record was broken at Coachella in the U.S., where BLACKPINK reported that they were the first Asian and all-female group to lead.

Following the white-tie dress code for state dinners, Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rosé arrived at Buckingham Palace in style wearing glam gowns. There was an official dinner at the end of President Yoon’s first day of visit, and the pop stars arrived together.

Kate Middleton and Prince William were also at the event in the evening. Earlier on Tuesday, they did the important job of meeting the presidential couple at their hotel in London on King Charles’s behalf.

After that, they went together to Horse Guards Parade to join King Charles and Queen Camilla for the official welcome. There were two gun salutes with 41 shots heard across the city, one in Green Park and the other at the Tower of London.

The Republic of Korea’s national song was played after a royal salute, and the president, who was with King Charles, did the official inspection by walking along the Guard of Honor of F Company Scots Guards. After the official event, King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William, and Princess Kate rode in a carriage along The Mall to Buckingham Palace with the president and first lady.

The King and Queen were met by a second Guard of Honor of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. They then held a private lunch for their guests and an exhibition in the Picture Gallery of items from the Royal Collection that were related to the Republic of Korea.

Later, on the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, the president and first lady took part in a ceremony where wreaths were laid at the Korean War Memorial. Before going on to Westminster Abbey, where they will pay their respects by laying a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, which is a traditional stop for any state visit, they made another stop.

For King Charles, this is the second state visit he has had since becoming king in September 2022. The first time was when Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, came to London in November of last year.