New Year’s Honours 2018: Margaret MacMillan appointed a Companion of Honour

Professor Margaret MacMillan

New Year’s Honours 2018: Margaret MacMillan appointed a Companion of Honour

3 January 2018

We are delighted to share the news that Professor Margaret MacMillan, Honorary Fellow and former Warden of St Antony’s College, has been appointed a Companion of Honour (CH) in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to higher education, history and international affairs.

The Order of the Companions of Honour is an order of the Commonwealth realms. It was founded in June 1917 by King George V as a reward for outstanding achievements and “is conferred upon a limited number of persons for whom this special distinction seems to be the most appropriate form of recognition, constituting an honour disassociated either from the acceptance of title or the classification of merit". It is now described as “awarded for having a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time”.

The order consists of the Sovereign and a maximum 65 members. The only other historian amongst the current members is Sir Michael Howard and the only other Canadian on the present list is General John de Chastelain.  Margaret MacMillan is one of eight historians ever to receive this honour, along with Arnold Toynbee, Steven Runciman and Eric Hobsbawm.

She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in February 2006. She was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada on 30 December 2015, the highest grade of the honour.

In December 2017, Margaret MacMillan was also elected an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.