J.K. Rowling was made a Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday (12Dec17).
The Harry Potter author was pictured with her husband Neil Murray in London after she was made a Companion of Honour by British Royal Prince William, in recognition of her services to literature and philanthropy. As well as her literary work, she has been a vocal supporter of charities including One Parent Families, Comic Relief, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and her own foundation, Lumos.
Membership of the Order of the Companions of Honour, established in 1917 by George V, is a special award held by only 65 people at any one time, and recognizes services of national importance.
J.K., real name Joanne, described it as a particular privilege to be given the rare honor as a female writer.
“I’m deeply honoured and proud to be receiving this honor,” the 52-year-old shared in a written statement as she was presented with the award. “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.”
The Fantastic Beasts creator, who is also marking two decades since the publication of the first book in her best-selling Harry Potter series, was previously awarded an OBE in 2001.
J.K.’s debut novel Harry Potter And the Philosopher’s Stone was published in 1997, after the idea for her boy wizard creation “fell” into her head years earlier while on a crowded train to London.
The best-selling books were a critical and commercial success globally, attracting a wide adult audience as well as younger readers, before being turned into a successful movie franchise.