Billie Lourd penned an emotional tribute to honour her late mother Carrie Fisher, otherwise known as Princess Leia, at Disney’s D23 expo in California on Friday morning.
The “Star Wars” actress received the Disney Legends Award, which is the highest honour from The Walt Disney Company.
Lourd wrote a touching acceptance speech on behalf of her mother, who passed away in Dec. 2016.
The letter was read by Disney chairman Bob Iger:
“As far back as I can remember, my mom and I have been Disney fanatics,” she wrote. “I was so obsessed with Ariel that I wanted to change my name. We went to Disneyland so much that I now realize she might have even loved it more than I did.”
“Becoming part of the Disney family was truly an amazing moment for her,” the letter continued. “She secretly always wanted to be a Disney princess, so getting to be a Disney princess and a Disney legend would have been her ultimate dream.”
Lourd was unable to attend the expo as she is currently working on the latest season of “American Horror Story”.
“Thank you again, and may the force be with you always,” the letter concluded.
Some of Fisher’s fellow recipients of the annual Legends award included her “Star Wars” co-star Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Gary Marshall and Oprah Winfrey.