King Charles covers his head with a traditional turban as a gesture of humility and respect on visit to newly-built Sikh temple in Luton
- King Charles III met with the Sikh community in Luton as he visited the town
- The monarch, 74, was pictured in traditional dress at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara
- He also visited the Luton Sikh Soup Kitchen Stand and spoke with volunteers
King Charles today put the drama of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s upcomign Netflix series to one side to visit the newly-built Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Luton as part of his one-day visit to the Bedfordshire town.
The new monarch, 74, covered his head with a white, grey and blue check turban, as a gesture of humility and respect.
During his meeting the King was also seen making the traditional namaste gesture which he used as a greeting frequently during the pandemic instead of shaking hands, as he spoke to volunteers, and a traditional shawl for meditation was placed around his shoulders in the prayer hall
King Charles III (pictured) wore traditional to visit the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Luton on Tuesday
The monarch was snapped making the traditional namaste gesture as a traditional shawl for meditation was placed around his shoulders in the prayer hall
He was greeted by Professor Gurch Randhawa, member of the Sikh Congregation at the Gurdwara, Deputy Lieutenant and Director of the Institute for Health Research at the University of Bedfordshire.
King Charles also had the chance to visit the Luton Sikh Soup Kitchen Stand and speak volunteers about the impact that food poverty is having on the local community.
He also met the volunteers who run the Sikh School and spoke to students learning Punjabi and traditional music.
Local children had the chance to speak to the King as he met volunteers who run the Sikh School and spoke to students learning Punjabi and traditional music.
Earlier in the day Charles was met by the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Susan Lousada, and the mayor of Luton, Councillor Sameera Saleem at the town hall before meeting local groups and members of the public.
The King will also visit Luton DART and take a ride on the airport shuttle due to open next year.
King Charles was met by Professor Gurch Randhawa during his visit to the Gurdwara in Luton. He also met members of the local community
A traditional shawl for meditation was placed around the King’s shoulders. He also removed his shoes and wore a covering over his head as a mark of respect
King Charles speaking with Professor Gurch Randhawa in the prayer room as he sits on the floor with the congregation
The DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) is a cable-drawn, driverless railway running on a 1.4-mile (2.2km) line connecting Luton Airport Parkway station to the airport terminal in just over three minutes, 24 hours a day. It will replace shuttle buses which pick up passengers every 10 minutes.
King Charles’ visit to Luton coincides with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s trip to New York ahead of their bombshell docuseries this Thursday.
In New York, Harry and Meghan will be presented with the Ripple of Hope Award later today for taking a ‘heroic stance’ against the ‘structural racism’ of the royal family by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Association.
The King and Queen Consort will confirmed that they will join the Princess of Wales for her annual carol service at Westminster Abbey on the same day as the second instalment of Harry and Meghan’s documentary airs on Netflix in a show of solidarity.
King Charles spoke to local school children during his visit to Luton on Tuesday. The crowds met him as he visited the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara
King Charles III speaks to congregation members during a visit to the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara
King Charles III spoke with veterans as he visited Luton Town Hall on Tuesday
School children were eager to speak with the new Monarch as he touched down in the Bedfordshire town
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will attend the Carol service organised by mother-of-three Kate Middleton and also attended by Prince William on Thursday, December 15, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s £88 million docuseries is dropped on the streaming platform.
Kensington Palace confirmed today that ‘The New Fab Four’ as they have been dubbed will attend the ceremony together.
The announcement comes the day after the second trailer for Harry & Meghan dropped, which saw Prince Harry, 38, declare there was a ‘dirty game’ going on as others discussed a ‘war on Meghan’.
The King’s first stop was at Luton Town Hall, where he is pictured having a cup of tea and chatting with locals
King Charles III unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit to Luton Town Hall on Tuesday