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Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith to receive honour from the Queen at Windsor Castle

Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith to receive honour from the Queen at Windsor Castle

Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith to receive honour from the Queen at Windsor Castle

Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith will be made a member of The Order of the Companions of Honour at Windsor Castle today.

The award-winning actress, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham in the ITV period drama, will received the award from the Queen for her services to drama.

The Order was instituted in 1917 by George V and is conferred on men and women for recognised services of national importance.

Also receiving an award at today's investiture is gardener and broadcaster Roy Lancaster, who will be made a CBE.

Nicola Clarke, who created the Military Wives Choir Foundation, will be made an MBE.

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