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Evening dresses instead of miniskirts: Blackpink members at a reception at

South Korean artists became Knights of the Order of the British Empire.

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This week, members of the popular South Korean K-Pop music group Blackpink visited Buckingham Palace. Moreover, they did it twice. First, King Charles III solemnly awarded them the Order of the British Empire. Thus, all four participants became recipients of this honorary award, which is awarded for achievements and contributions in various fields. Among the honorees are the girls' colleagues from the world of music, such as Sting, Brian May, Bono, etc. Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé and Lisa from Blackpink were recognized for their contribution to the development of environmental sustainability. This topic is very close to the heart of the British monarch, since he himself has been tirelessly promoting the “green” agenda for many years.

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The girls dressed appropriately for the award ceremony - in elegant suits of calm colors - and happily posed for photographers after the ceremony, holding orders in their hands. The next day they were invited again to Buckingham Palace, where Charles III gave a state reception on the occasion of the award. The artists joined another 170 guests of the evening. And they dressed differently, in long evening dresses. Moreover, they tried to do it in the same style - all four of them had flowing skirts and an open neckline in their outfits.

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“It is especially gratifying to see how the younger generation of Koreans supports our cause,” the king said in his welcoming speech before the dinner. “I applaud Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé and Lisa for their role in conveying the sustainability message to a global audience as ambassadors for the UK Presidency of COP26 (UN Climate Change Conference) and as ambassadors for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. I can only admire how they can prioritize these vital issues while being global superstars.”

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It should be noted that Blackpink is very popular in the UK. Thus, in July of this year, they became the first South Korean group to be given the honor of headlining the prestigious BST music festival in London's Hyde Park.