- Charles awards Blackpink MBEs
- Environmental advocacy recognition
- Blackpink’s historic UK performance
Charles expressed his utmost delight in bestowing the medals upon the preeminent female group in South Korea, further expressing his aspiration to witness them “perform live at some stage.”
The King bestowed honorary MBEs upon the K-pop group Blackpink the day after praising them as environmental pioneers.
The King expressed his “utmost delight” in bestowing the MBEs upon the band and further expressed his aspiration to witness them “perform live at some stage.”
Jennie expressed to the King that it was “the most honourable thing for us” to have received the MBE.
Environmental Advocacy Recognised
Two years ago, at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, the largest female group in South Korea accumulated millions of views on their climate-related videos after being named one of the summit’s advocates.
Charles quipped to the group following the presentation, “The great thing is that you’re still talking to each other after all these years of working together.” He was referring to the band’s recent tour.
Musical Homage to South Korea
During the guard change, one of the band’s most popular compositions, Ddu-Du, Ddu-Du, which has amassed over 2 billion views on YouTube, was performed.
Psy performed Gangnam Style, a viral K-pop track, and Arirang, a Korean folk melody, prior to the investiture.
He stated, “I commend Blackpink, comprised of Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rose, for their collaboration in promoting environmental sustainability to an international audience during their tenure as ambassadors for the United Kingdom’s COP26 presidency and subsequently as proponents of the United Nations sustainable development goals.”
“I can only admire how, in addition to being international superstars, they are able to prioritise these critical issues.” Unfortunately, during my time in Seoul many years ago, I do not recall acquiring a substantial amount of what could be termed the “Gangnam Style!”