J.K. Rowling Named Companion of Honour in Buckingham Palace Ceremony

J.K. Rowling may be our Queen, but it’s not every day that she’s honored in a special event at Buckingham Palace!

Today, December 12, the author was named a Companion of Honour for her services in literature and philanthropy. The distinction was celebrated in a Buckingham Palace ceremony, during which Rowling received the honor from Prince William. We first learned Rowling would be named a Companion of Honour in June 2017, when she was recognized on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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The designation of “Companion of Honour” is a special award granted to those who have made major contributions to arts, science, medicine, or government over a long period of time. There can only be 65 Companions of Honor at a given time, which means that the achievement is very impressive indeed! Rowling’s fellow Companions include another Potter tie – in 2014, Dame Maggie Smith was also honored with the award.

Rowling shared her delight in a short statement released on Tuesday:

To be included in the distinguished and diversely talented company of the other Companions of Honour, especially as a female writer, is a particular privilege.

Congratulations, Jo!

Jessica J.

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