The King dropped some references to South Korean fashionable tradition as he hosted the nation’s president at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
Listening to the King’s banquet tackle have been singers Jennie Kim, Jisoo Kim, Lisa Manobal and Rose Park from the Ok-pop band Blackpink, South Korea’s largest woman group who turned the primary Korean band to headline a serious UK pageant through the summer season.
K-pop, quick for Korean fashionable music, contains kinds and genres from world wide, resembling hip hop, rock and R&B, on prime of its conventional Korean music roots.
The King praised the environmental credentials of Blackpink and highlighted South Korea’s creativity and tradition, from Gangnam Type, celebrated within the world hit by Korean rapper Psy, to the favored Netflix sequence Squid Recreation.
He advised the friends: “I applaud Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rose, higher recognized collectively as Blackpink, for his or her function in bringing the message of environmental sustainability to a worldwide viewers as ambassadors for the UK’s presidency of COP26, and later as advocates for the UN sustainable improvement objectives.
“I can solely admire how they’ll prioritise these very important points, in addition to being world superstars. Sadly, once I was in Seoul all these years in the past, I’m not positive I developed a lot of what could be referred to as the Gangnam Type.”
In his banquet speech, the King additionally mentioned “Koreans have created a miracle” of their journey from “wartime devastation” to a thriving nation the place the “industrial effectivity” he witnessed throughout a go to in 1992 had change into the “epitome” of technological innovation.
He added: “Via their very own sweat and toil, and underneath the shadow of tyranny and the ever current menace of aggression, over seven a long time Koreans have constructed a bastion of democracy, human rights and freedom.
“In a world the place these values are challenged, sadly, as hardly ever earlier than in our lifetimes, the Republic of Korea and the UK stand shoulder to shoulder in defence of all that we maintain expensive.”
The Queen and the Prince and Princess of Wales have been additionally in attendance together with the Princess Royal, whereas Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and spouse Akshata Murty have been additionally friends.
In the course of the white-tie banquet the friends dined on a menu of heat tartlet of soppy poached egg and spinach puree, breast of Windsor pheasant with croquette of celeriac and calvados sauce and salad, with a mango ice cream bombe for dessert.
In his speech Mr Yoon echoed the sentiment of the King, praising the shut ties between the UK and South Korea, saying: “After I was younger, my pals and I have been all followers of The Beatles, Queen, and Elton John. Harry Potter books are adored by many Koreans.
“Most significantly, the UK is the architect of contemporary liberal democracy. Most democracies are deeply influenced by British parliamentary democracy. Korea isn’t any exception.”
Alongside the pomp and pageantry, the UK and South Korea are to launch talks on a brand new commerce deal and signal a diplomatic accord as a part of Mr Yoon’s three-day state go to.