The Queen awards JK Rowling one of the biggest honours in Birthday Honours List
Queen Elizabeth has honoured JK Rowling in her Birthday Honours List.
The biannual awards recognise exceptional work by British and Commonwealth citizens, most of whom are not known to the wider public.
A total of 1,109 people have been recognised for their achievements in the Birthday Honours list.
Among those honoured, the Queen has awarded Harry Potter author JK Rowling The Order of the Companion of Honour.
Rowling is receiving the award for services to literature and philanthropy.
Many online, though, would give JK Rowling the award for her Twitter game alone.
The Casual Vacancy author also gave her blessing to a powerful Harry Potter tribute to Orlando shooting victims last year.
This year marks the centenary of The Order of the Companion of Honour, one of the highest honours given out by the Queen.
Just 53 people have been given the awarded by Queen Elizabeth, including Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench.
Among the other eight recipients of the award this year is Sir Paul McCartney and Delia Smith.
She also honoured same-sex hockey champions Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh with MBEs.