Sir George went to Buckingham Palace to be made a Companion of Honour, at a ceremony which included Kate Winslet, and Gary Barlow. "It was a great honour to be at the investiture ceremony at the Palace and to be made a Companion of Honour by Her Majesty, who took the ceremony herself."
Ninety one people were given their medals by the sovereign, at a ceremony which lasted an hour and a quarter. Each medal winner was allowed to bring along three guests, and Sir George was accompanied by his wife Aurelia and his two daughters Camilla and Sophia.
The Order of the Companions of Honour was founded by King George V in 1917, as an award for outstanding achievements in the Arts, Literature, Music, Science, Politics, Industry or Religion. The numbers are capped at 65, with a quota of 45 from the United Kingdom. There are 38 current members, including Dame Judy Dench, John Major, Lord Hurd and Lord Patten.