How The Royal Family Paid Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King

People around the globe celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yesterday, the royal family was included in that tribute. In a video posted to their official Instagram account, the royal family paid tribute to the civil right leader. 

The Royal Family’s Musical Tribute To Dr. King

“To mark #MLKDay, the Band of the @grenadier.guards play Stevie Wonder’s ‘Happy Birthday’ at today’s Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace,” the caption of the post reads. The brass band plays the iconic 1980 track enthusiastically, celebrating Dr. King’s birthday. 

This wasn’t the only royal tribute to mark MLK Day. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expressed their support for Dr. Bernice King (daughter of MLK) by providing meals to staff and volunteers at The King Center in Atlanta. 

Local Black-owned food trucks, Paige’s Pastries & Bistro, and Parlay Savory Saloon served free lunches to those who worked to put the day’s events together. These events included voter registration, education drives, and a service project that collected donations to help the homeless and unsheltered in Atlanta. 

The Duke And Duchess’ Personal Connection To The Celebration

“Thank you, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for providing local Black-owned food trucks for @TheKingCenter’s King Day Community Service Project volunteers today,” Bernice tweeted. “I’m so grateful for your graciousness in honoring my father. #MLKDay #BelovedCommunity.”

The King Center also chimed in, saying, “Your care matters so much to those here to register and educate voters and collect items for our homeless neighbors.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had another connection with The King Center celebrations. One of the day’s keynote speakers, The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, gave the sermon at Markle and Harry’s wedding in 2018. 

Meghan And Harry’s Charity Work

The royal couple are no strangers in charitable work. Markle and Harry established the Archewell Foundation whose “core purpose is to uplift and unite communities — local and global, online and offline — one act of compassion at a time.”

Harry has already announced that he will donate $1.5 million from his memoir to his Sentebale foundation. He established it in 2006. “This is one of several donations I plan to make to charitable organizations and I’m grateful to be able to give back in this way for the children and communities who gravely need it,” he said in a statementAbout the donation 

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