Canadian writer Margaret Atwood was awarded the Companion of Honour by the Queen for Services to Literature throughout an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday.
First introduced forward of the brand new 12 months, Atwood, 79, is one among 62 present members within the order, and solely the third Canadian, alongside historian Margaret MacMillan and General John de Chastelain.
Media stories quoted Atwood as saying, “I got a bit emotional. You’re really look at a lot of history and I’m old enough to remember a lot of that history.”
“At my age, it’s not the usual thing. Usually at my age you sort of fade away and that doesn’t seem to be happening yet,” she added about her latest accolades and successes.
The Royal Family posted photographs on Twitter of Atwood receiving the honour and posing for images on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Earlier this month, Atwood was additionally awarded the Booker Prize alongside British writer Bernadine Evaristo. Atwood gained for her novel, “The Testaments”, a sequel to the acclaimed “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
Founded in 1917 by George V, the Companion of Honour is conferred to people who’ve made a big and lasting contribution to science, medication, the humanities, or authorities. A most of 65 members are allowed at any given time, as well as to particular honorary members. Most recipients are British nationals, with a small handful of people from Commonwealth nations.
Other members embody J.K. Rowling, Dame Judi Dench, Paul McCartney, and Sir David Attenborough.