On Tuesday night, K-pop royalty met British royalty when Blackpink members made their way to Buckingham Palace for the State dinner held in honour of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s visit to the United Kingdom along with First Lady Kim Keon-hee.
Our favourite popstars—Jennie, Lisa, Jisoo and Rosé—met with King Charles, Queen Camilla, Prince William, and Kate Middleton at the dinner and even got a special shoutout for being role models to millions of young people around the world.
“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 U.K.’s Presidency of COP 26, and later as advocates for the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals,” said King Charles in his speech.
BLACKPINK react to being honoured during a speech by King Charles III for the Korean State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, via Sky News. pic.twitter.com/OYSfEOIqtm— Pop Base (@PopBase) November 21, 2023
The members were decked out in their finest, with Jisoo opting for a black puff-sleeved Dior dress and Rosé in a black strapless affair with a matching bow in her hair. Jennie chose white for the occasion and looked stunning in an off-shoulder, long-sleeved dress. Lisa stood out in her aquamarine Georges Hobeika dress.
King Charles also addressed South Korea’s influence on the pop culture in the UK by saying, “Korea has matched Danny Boyle with Bong Joon-ho, James Bond with Squid Game and the Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ with BTS’s ‘Dynamite’. Our cultures share a remarkable ability to captivate imaginations across the world, transforming a so-called soft power into a shared superpower.”
Ever since their debut, Blackpink has steadily risen to the top and the four members have become some of the most influential celebrities in the world. Along with breaking records and selling out stadiums around the globe, the group also made history in July by becoming the first Korean band to headline the BST Hyde Park 2023 music festival in the UK.