By EMILY DAVIES
PUBLISHED: 23:31 EST, 12 June 2014 | UPDATED: 04:54 EST, 13 June 2014
Downton Abbey actress to get honour given to only 46 other British people
Award is in recognition of the six decades she's spent on screen and stage
Honour awarded to select group of politicians, artists and actors
Dame Maggie, 79, follows in the footsteps of fellow actress, Judi Dench
Companion of Honour awards were founded by the Queen’s grandfather, King George, in June 1917 in recognition of outstanding achievements in the arts, science and politics and are strictly limited to just 47 Brits at any one time, plus the monarch.
New admissions come only with another's death and the Queen is understood to have major say in who is given the gong.
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