Dame Jilly Cooper Receives Royal Honour, Calls Ceremony "Orgasmic"

Renowned author Dame Jilly Cooper, 87, was honored with a damehood by King Charles at Windsor Castle for her services to literature and charity, marking the King's first investiture ceremony since his cancer diagnosis earlier this year. The ceremony, which also included the knighting of the Archbishop of Canterbury, featured a beaming King Charles and a delighted Dame Jilly, who described the experience as "orgasmic" and praised the King's health. This description focuses on the primary topic of Dame Jilly Cooper's damehood, the main entities involved (Dame Jilly Cooper, King Charles, and the Archbishop of Canterbury), the context of the investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, and the significant actions and consequences of the event. The description also includes objective and relevant details, such as the King's cancer diagnosis and Dame Jilly's reaction, which will help guide the AI in creating an accurate and meaningful visual representation of the article's content.

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Dame Jilly Cooper Receives Royal Honour, Calls Ceremony "Orgasmic"

Dame Jilly Cooper Receives Royal Honour, Calls Ceremony "Orgasmic"

On Tuesday, renowned author Dame Jilly Cooper, 87, was made a Dame by King Charles at Windsor Castle for her services to literature and charity. The investiture ceremony was the King's first since his cancer diagnosis earlier this year.

Dame Jilly, best known for her steamy Rutshire Chronicles series published in the 1980s, described the experience as "orgasmic" and "absolutely extraordinary, fantastic and amazing." She added, "I never dreamed in a million years it would happen and it just has, so it's lovely."

When speaking to King Charles, Dame Jilly told him, "You look great, looking really well and how the country wanted him to stay well." The King seemed "very pleased" and "jolly" during the carries ceremony, according to Dame Jilly.

Dame Jilly has written over 50 books, including the popular Rutshire Chronicles featuring titles such as "Riders", "Rivals", "Polo", "Mount!", and "The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous". Her most recent work, "Tackle!", was nominated for best fiction at the 2023 British Book Awards.

Previously appointed CBE in 2018 and OBE in 2004 for her services to literature and charity, Dame Jilly is a long-standing friend of Queen Camilla. She even based her fictional character Rupert Campbell-Black partly on Camilla's ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles.

During the investiture ceremony, King Charles also knighted the Archbishop of Canterbury for his key role in the coronation. The monarch was given permission by his doctors to return to public duties last month following his cancer diagnosis in February.

Dame Jilly jokingly attributed her success and longevity to "luck" and stated that she always aimed to write "happy books" to cheer people up. "The only thing I wanted to do in life was to cheer people up and people can get quite depressed, so I do like to tell lots of jokes," she said. An eight-part adaptation of her work starring David Tennant, Aidan Turner, Emily Atack, and Danny Dyer is currently in the works, which Dame Jilly praised as "absolutely sensational" with an "all fantastic" cast.

Key Takeaways

  • Dame Jilly Cooper, 87, was made a Dame by King Charles at Windsor Castle.
  • She was honored for her services to literature and charity.
  • Dame Jilly described the experience as "orgasmic" and "absolutely extraordinary."
  • King Charles carried out the investiture ceremony, his first since his cancer diagnosis.
  • Dame Jilly has written over 50 books, including the popular Rutshire Chronicles series.