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

King Charles covers his head with a traditional turban as a sign of humility and respect during a visit to the newly built Sikh temple in Luton

  • King Charles III met Luton’s Sikh community during his visit to the town
  • The monarch, 74, was photographed in traditional dress at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara
  • He also visited the Luton Sikh Soup Kitchen Stand and spoke to volunteers.

King Charles today put aside the drama of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming Netflix series to visit new 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, gray and blue checkered turban as a sign of humility and respect.

During his meeting, the king was also seen making the traditional namaste gesture which he frequently used as a greeting during the pandemic instead of shaking hands, as he spoke to the volunteers, and a traditional shawl for meditation was placed around his shoulders in the prayer hall.

King Charles III (pictured) wore the traditional to visit newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Luton on Tuesday

King Charles III (pictured) wore the traditional to visit newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Luton on Tuesday

The monarch was pictured making the traditional namaste gesture as a traditional shawl for meditation was placed around his shoulders in the prayer hall

The monarch was pictured making the traditional namaste gesture as a traditional shawl for meditation was placed around his shoulders in the prayer hall

He was hosted by Professor Gurch Randhawa, a member of the Sikh Congregation of the Gurdwara, Second Lieutenant and Director of the University of Bedfordshire Institute of Health Research.

King Charles also had the chance to visit the Luton Sikh Soup Kitchen stall and speak to the volunteers about the impact of food poverty on the local community.

He also met the volunteers running the Sikh school and spoke with students learning Punjabi and traditional music.

Local children had the chance to talk to the King as he met volunteers who run the Sikh school and spoke to students learning Punjabi and traditional music.

Earlier today, Charles was met by Bedfordshire Lord Lieutenant Susan Lousada and Luton Mayor Councilor 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 which is due to open next year.

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

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

A traditional meditation shawl was placed around the king's shoulders.  He also took off his shoes and wore a blanket over his head as a sign of respect.

A traditional meditation shawl was placed around the king’s shoulders. He also took off his shoes and wore a blanket over his head as a sign of respect.

King Charles talks to Professor Gurch Randhawa in the prayer hall as he sits on the floor with the congregation

King Charles talks to Professor Gurch Randhawa in the prayer hall as he sits on the floor with the congregation

The DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) is a cable-pulled, driverless railway running on a 1.4-mile (2.2 km) line from Luton Airport Parkway station to the airport terminal in one just over three minutes, 24 hours a day. It will replace shuttles that 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 awarded the Ripple of Hope award later today for taking a “heroic stand” against the royal family’s “structural racism” by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Association.

The King and Queen Consort will confirm they will join the Princess of Wales for her annual carol service at Westminster Abbey on the same day as the second installment of the Harry and Meghan documentary airs on Netflix as a show of solidarity.

King Charles spoke to local schoolchildren during his visit to Luton on Tuesday.  Crowds met him as he visited the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara

King Charles spoke to local schoolchildren during his visit to Luton on Tuesday. Crowds met him as he visited the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara

King Charles III addresses members of the congregation during a visit to the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara

King Charles III addresses members of the congregation during a visit to the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara

King Charles III spoke to veterans during his visit to Luton Town Hall on Tuesday

King Charles III spoke to veterans during his visit to Luton Town Hall on Tuesday

Schoolchildren were eager to speak with the new monarch as he landed in the Bedfordshire town

Schoolchildren were eager to speak with the new monarch as he landed in the Bedfordshire town

King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will attend the Carol service hosted by mother-of-three Kate Middleton and also attended by Prince William on Thursday, December 15, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are deposited on the streaming platform.

Kensington Palace today confirmed that ‘The New Fab Four’, as they have been dubbed, will attend the ceremony together.

The announcement comes the day after the release of the second Harry & Meghan trailer, which saw Prince Harry, 38, declare there was a ‘dirty game’ as others discussed a “war on Meghan”.

The King's first stop was Luton Town Hall, where he is pictured having a cup of tea and chatting with locals

The King’s first stop was 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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