J.K. Rowling receives royal honour from Prince William at Buckingham Palace

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LONDON -- Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling can add another magic moment to her list of achievements -- she has been made a royal Companion of Honor.

Rowling received the honour from Prince William on Tuesday at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.

Rowling said she was "deeply honoured and proud" to receive the title, which is limited to 65 people "of distinction."

The boy wizard's creator is being honoured for services to literature and philanthropy.   

She says "to be included in the distinguished and diversely talented company of the other Companions of Honor, especially as a female writer, is a particular privilege."

Other companions of honour include scientist Stephen Hawking, artist David Hockney, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith.