Chris Ofili

Buckingham Palace Honors Chris Ofili for His Services to Art

Artist Chris Ofili and actor, director, and playwright Mark Rylance were among the honorees at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, April 19, The Guardian reports. Rylance was knighted for his services to theater and Ofili was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

The Turner Prize–winning artist said that the award was special due to his parents’ decision to relocate to England from Nigeria more than four decades ago. “We set up our life in England and it’s so special to be recognized for what I do in England and Britain, and for my parents that they made a great choice and invested so much in me,” Ofili said. “It feels as though I have achieved a lot.”

Among the other honorees were the heptathlete and Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill, who was made a Dame Commander during the ceremony; Victoria Beckham, who became an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her contributions to the fashion industry; and Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley, who died last year while trekking across Antarctica to raise money for the Endeavour Fund, an initiative that supports the recovery of wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and -women.