King Charles III visits the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Luton


King Charles today put the drama of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming 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

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 also visited Luton DART and take a ride on the airport shuttle due to open next year. 

King Charles III shook hands and spoke to congregation members after his visit to the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara

King Charles III shook hands and spoke to congregation members after his visit to the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara

The monarch appeared to be having joyful conversations with the congregation members when he met them outside

The monarch appeared to be having joyful conversations with the congregation members when he met them outside 

The King appeared to be great spirits as he joked, laughed and spoke with the group of apprentices working on the DART system at Luton Parkway Station

The King appeared to be great spirits as he joked, laughed and spoke with the group of apprentices working on the DART system at Luton Parkway Station

King Charles III meets a group of apprentices who worked on the DART, many of whom have now transitioned to permanent employment, during a visit to learn about the new cable-drawn mass passenger transit system which will connect Luton Airport Parkway rail station to London Luton Airport

King Charles III meets a group of apprentices who worked on the DART, many of whom have now transitioned to permanent employment, during a visit to learn about the new cable-drawn mass passenger transit system which will connect Luton Airport Parkway rail station to London Luton Airport

During his visit to Luton Town Hall Charles met community leaders and members of The Ghana Society, the Royal British Legion and the Luton Town football academy

During his visit to Luton Town Hall Charles met community leaders and members of The Ghana Society, the Royal British Legion and the Luton Town football academy 

Charles is pictured here watching a performer in costume from the UK Centre of Carnival Arts at DART Parkway Station

Charles is pictured here watching a performer in costume from the UK Centre of Carnival Arts at DART Parkway Station 

Britain's King Charles III unveiling a plaque during a visit to Luton Airport, where he went to see the new cable-drawn mass passenger transit system

Britain’s King Charles III unveiling a plaque during a visit to Luton Airport, where he went to see the new cable-drawn mass passenger transit system

Charles is pictured here at Luton DART Parkway Station watching performers from the UK Centre for Carnival Arts

Charles is pictured here at Luton DART Parkway Station watching performers from the UK Centre for Carnival Arts 

King Charles was met by Professor Gurch Randhawa during his visit to the Gurdwara in Luton. He also met members of the local community

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

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

King Charles speaking with Professor Gurch Randhawa in the prayer room as he sits on the floor with the congregation 

Britain's King Charles III meets volunteers who operate the 24-hour kitchen that feeds members of the local community during his visit to the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara

Britain’s King Charles III meets volunteers who operate the 24-hour kitchen that feeds members of the local community during his visit to the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara

The King was in good spirits as he spoke to the volunteers at the local soup kitchen in the city of Luton

The King was in good spirits as he spoke to the volunteers at the local soup kitchen in the city of Luton

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 met a group of apprentices who worked on the DART, many of whom have now transitioned to permanent employment, during his visit to learn about the new cable-drawn mass passenger transit system which will connect Luton Airport Parkway rail station to London Luton Airport.

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 III travelled in a DART carriage for the three-minute journey to the Luton DART Central terminal during his visit

King Charles III travelled in a DART carriage for the three-minute journey to the Luton DART Central terminal during his visit 

The new Monarch was shown around the control room at DART Parkway Station to learn more about how the system works

The new Monarch was shown around the control room at DART Parkway Station to learn more about how the system works 

The King appeared in good spirits as he joked with his fellow passengers on his three minute journey on the DART system

The King appeared in good spirits as he joked with his fellow passengers on his three minute journey on the DART system

Charles looked to be in good spirits for his third and final stop during his day in Luton

Charles looked to be in good spirits for his third and final stop during his day in Luton

The new monarch meeting the group of apprentices who worked on the DART at Luton Parkway Station

The new monarch meeting the group of apprentices who worked on the DART at Luton Parkway Station

Britain's King Charles III waving to the crowds during his visit to Luton Town Hall on Tuesday

Britain’s King Charles III waving to the crowds during his visit to Luton Town Hall on Tuesday 

Charles spoke to local school children during his visit to Bedfordshire this afternoon

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 speaks to congregation members during a visit to the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara

The monarch speaking to veterans during his visit to a sunny Luton today

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

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

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

King Charles III unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit to Luton Town Hall on Tuesday

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