The royal family has just presented J.K. Rowling with a Companion of Honor award at Buckingham Palace.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II confered the honor upon the author of the Harry Potter book series this summer; it was Prince William who made the presentation on Tuesday, in recognition of her services to literature and philanthropy.

J.K. Rowling and husband Neil Murray

British author JK Rowling, accompanied by her husband Neil Murray, poses with her medal after being made a Companion of Honour for services to literature and philanthropy by the Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on December 12, 2017. /ANDREW MATTHEWS/AFP/Getty Images)

King George V founded the Order of the Companions of Honor in 1917. The Queen names recipients of the award “who have made a major contribution in their field.”

Rowling said in a statement that she was “deeply honored and proud” to receive the honor.

“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,” she said.


The other jarring bit of information here is that the Royal Family of England has a Twitter account. It makes logical sense, but it’s not something you think about when you think of the Royal Family and its centuries of history and tradition. – ed

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