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Blackpink grace Buckingham Palace, receive special mention and MBE from King Charles

During the visit, Blackpink members Jennie, Lisa and Jisoo, received honorary MBEs while Rosé received the traditional MBE.

Dayna Yam

| November 25, 2023
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Members of Blackpink arrive at the Buckingham Palace. Photo: Press

It is not every day you can get invited to Buckingham Palace. Let alone dine alongside the British Royal Family.

Just this Wednesday (22 Nov), the girls of Blackpink graced Buckingham Palace for a state banquet. King Charles III hosted the banquet, along with Queen Consort Camilla and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

This was in honour of Yoon Suk-yeol, the president of the Republic of Korea, and Kim Keon-hee, the country’s first lady. They were in London for an official state visit.

Both Jisoo and Rosé wore black pieces, from Dior and South Korean brand Pinkong respectively. Jennie opted for an off-shoulder white gown from Israeli designer Lihi Hod, and Lisa wore a caped dress from Lebanese fashion house Georges Hobeika.

 

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In his speech, King Charles touched on how the Hallyu wave has impacted British culture. “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.”

He also personally thanked the girls for their sustainability work. “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 COP 26, and later as advocates for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

Members of the Order of the British Empire

The girls are also now honorary Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

It is one of the highest forms of recognition awarded to those with contributions to the arts and sciences. As well as those who work with charitable and welfare organisations and public service outside the civil service.

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Members of Blackpink receive MBE Honors From King Charles. Photo: Victoria Jones/Pool/AFP/Getty
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Members Jennie, Lisa and Jisoo, received honorary MBEs. On the other hand, Rosé received the traditional MBE, since she currently holds dual citizenship in New Zealand. The country is a founding member of the Commonwealth, where King Charles is head of state.

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