J.K. Rowling Receives a Rare Honour From Prince William at Buckingham Palace

J.K. Rowling was awarded a rare distinction by the royal family — so extraordinary that there are only 64 other people currently holding the title.

J.K Rowling – Companion of Honour

The Harry Potter author, 52, was made a Companion of Honour by Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for her contributions to literature and philanthropy.

“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,” Rowling said in a statement shared by the royals’ Twitter.

The Order of the Companions of Honor was founded in 1917 by George V and is given to those who have made a major contribution in their field, according to the royal family’s website.

There are only 65 members at any one time, and current members include Maggie Smith (who also has a Harry Potter connection — she played Professor Minerva McGonagall in the film series based on Rowling’s books) and Stephen Hawking.

J.K. Rowling Companion of Honour

Twenty years after he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Paul McCartney is also being honoured with a Companion of Honour award for services to music, according to the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year. However, he has not formally received the distinction yet.

Last week, Ed Sheeran received an MBE, signifying he’s a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to music and charity. Prince Charles bestowed the honour on behalf of his mother. However, he did make a major faux pas.

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