On June 17, 2009, Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil received the National Order of Quebec honour (Ordre National du Quebec) at the Hôtel du Parlement in Quebec, Canada.
All eyes were on music manager Rene senior at the event, who was being honoured with the prestigious order of merit alongside 30 other people including former Canadian hockey player Mario Lemieux. Following in his wife´s footsteps, Celine received the distinction in 1998, the 67-year-old joined the ranks as an officer of the national order, conferred on men and women for outstanding achievements who were born or are living in Quebec. "It´s a great honour" said Celine, who was also supported by his daughter from his second marriage, Anne-Marie, and son-in-law Marc Dupre and of course Rene Charles. "I´m touched, I´m very proud to be a Quebecer". Established in 1984, the Order is bestowed by the provincial government and is one of the most prestigious honours in Quebec. Non-Quebecers can also be inducted to honour their friendship to the province.