The Queen of Canada has offered the queen of CanLit with a rare royal honour.

Queen Elizabeth has named Margaret Atwood a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for her companies to literature.

The 79-year-old writer of The Handmaid’s Tale and its not too long ago launched sequel, The Testaments, shook palms with the monarch, who’s 93, whereas accepting the award at a ceremony Friday at Windsor Castle.

Dressed in a darkish gown, brightly multicoloured scarf and a wide-brimmed pink hat, she instructed British media that she felt “a bit emotional” within the presence of the queen.

Founded by King George V in 1917, the Companion of Honour is an award for many who have made a serious contribution to the humanities, science, drugs, or authorities over an extended interval. There are simply 65 companions at any time.

“When you see the Queen at her age and her schedule that she puts out, it’s an inspiration to everybody, you just keep going,” Atwood mentioned after the ceremony. 

‘Neither of us anticipated to win this,’ the Canadian writer mentioned of her and her British co-winner’s rule-defying victory. 0:57

Earlier this month Atwood was one in all two recipients of the Booker Prize, in a rare joint win with British writer Bernardine Evaristo, writer of Girl, Woman, Other.

Other Companions of Honour embrace actress Dame Maggie Smith, former British prime minister John Major and South African Archbishop and human rights activist Desmond Tutu.

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