British author Jackie Collins holds her Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal after it was presented to her by Queen Elizabeth II in ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Nov. 28.
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Jackie Collins, the British writer who sold zillions of erotic novels long before Fifty Shades of Grey, received the prestigious Order of the British Empireat Buckingham Palace today, with Queen Elizabeth IIherself pinning the medal to Collins' shoulder.
Unlikely Her Majesty has read many of Collins' books, especially those with titles such as The Studand The Bitch, but the queen always knows the right thing to say to anyone.
"It's quite something to write books," the queen told Collins after she pinned the OBE medal on Collins, according to Collins and accounts in the Daily Mail.
"And I said, yes, especially for a school dropout," Collins recounted after the palace honors ceremony.
Collins, always with the jolly sense of humor, told reporters she wondered what the queen might say. "Because most women say 'oh you taught me everything I know about sex, I used to read my mum's copy under the covers in bed' - but I don't think she would say that to me."
Collins, 76, was born in London, along with older sister, actress Joan Collins, but both have long lived in California. Jackie Collins has been producing best sellers about the sex lives of her rich and famous characters since her first book was published in the 1960s.
So far, she's sold about 500 million books. So far, the three Fifty Shades books, by British author E.L. James, have sold about 90 million.
Collins received her OBE for services to fiction and charity. Her sister and her three granddaughters were on hand for the investiture ceremony.
"I'm British through and through and to meet the queen and come to the palace is great," she said.