Prince William Just Made J.K. Rowling a Member of a Royally Exclusive Club
J.K. Rowling, the celebrated author of the Harry Potter series and prolific Twitter user, was bestowed a very British award this week.
Duke of Cambridge Prince William made the author a “Companion of Honour” in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning. She was honored for her services to literature and philanthropy.
“I'm deeply honoured and proud to be receiving this honour,” Rowling said in a statement. “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.”
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” the first book in Rowling’s series. The book was rejected by 12 different publishers before it was finally released in 1997.
The very British award was created in 1917 by King George V to honor “those who have made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time,” according to the royal website.
There can only be 65 living members of the order at any given time. At the moment, other members include Stephen Hawking, Desmond Tutu, David Hockney, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Maggie Smith.
Sir Paul McCartney was also inducted into the order this year. He has not yet formally received the honor.