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Downton Abbey's most prestigious matriarch has been honored by the entire United Kingdom's...again.
Dame Maggie Smith, a 79-year-old Oscar-winning actress who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham on the British TV series, was honored on Friday by none other than Queen Elizabeth II, who made her a member of the Order of the Companions of Honor in recognition of her 60 years in theater, cinema and TV at a ceremony in Windsor Castle.
The queen, the 88-year-old grandmother of Prince William and Prince Harry, has met and also honored Smith, also known for her role as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter films, before. In 1989, the actress was made a dame commander of the Order of the British Empire, which is similar to a knighthood and gives her the title of Dame, the female equivalent of Sir. Michael Gambon, who replayed Richard Harris as Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films following the latter actor's 2002 death, was honored at the same ceremony.
As of Friday, the actress can also add a "CH" after her name.