Before Prince William set off with his brother to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere, he had another important job to do. Earlier in the day, Prince William awarded author J.K Rowling with the Companion of Honour.
Most well-known for writing the Harry Potter series, the Royal Companion of Honour is in recognition of her services to literature and philanthropy.
Rowling is the first female billionaire to lose her ‘billionaire’ title due to donating her money to charity.
The Order of the Companions of Honour was founded in 1917 by King George V. The Queen names the recipients of the award based on people “who have made a major contribution in their field,” according to the Royal Family’s website.
Only 65 people can hold the honour at one time. Rowling was named in The Queen’s birthday honours list along with Delia Smith who received hers in November. Sir Paul McCartney and the designer Sir Terence Conran were also named but have not been awarded theirs at an investiture yet.
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In a statement from Rowling, she said how she was “deeply honoured and proud” to receive the honour.
“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 added.
In the summer of this year, Forbes named J.K Rowling the highest-paid author bringing in £72,183,000. Her works include the seven Harry Potter books which have been turned into eight blockbusters. A prequel to the books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them saw Rowling’s screenwriting debut.
The follow-up to the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a continuously sold out play and will move to Broadway in 2018.
She has also founded a children’s charity, Lumos. Lumos is the spell for casting light in the famous novels.