J.K. Rowling Receives Rarely Given Honor

#HarryPotter author & creator #JKRowling has received a rare honor from Buckingham Palace: she is now a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, which was first established by King George V in 1917 & can only be given to 65 people at one time.

The Order of the Companions of Honour is a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry or religion. It consists of the sovereign, plus no more than 65 Companions of Honour. 45 members could be from the United Kingdom, 7 from Australia, 2 from New Zealand and 11 from other Commonwealth realms. Foreigners from outside the realm can be added as “honorary members”. While membership confers no title or precedence, recipients of this one-class order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters “CH”.

Other Companions of Honor include:

  • Dame Judi Dench
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Peter Higgs
  • Sir Ian McKellen

The Order of the Companions of Honour is second only to the Order of Merit, which is awards to people who have made ‘major contributions to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time’.

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