John Williams, Bob Iger knighted by the late Queen Elizabeth II

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger and Star wars composer John Williams are the latest members of the Hollywood industry to receive an honorary knighthood.

The honor bestows both entertainment titans with the title of KBE, more formally known as Knight Commander of the Civil Branch of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Gifted by Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Sept. 7 at the age of 96Iger and Williams are just two of a larger one 2022 Class of Approved British Honors.

Iger, who received his honor as part of his contribution to US-UK relations, remembered the Queen and her “extraordinary life and service” in a statement.

“It’s really special and one of the great honors of my life to have the knighthood of the British Empire awarded to me by her before she passed away,” he continued. “Our two nations share a strong bond, which I have seen closely over many years through my deep personal and professional links with the UK. I have great affection for the people of the UK and have always appreciated and been inspired by their extraordinary contribution, particularly in for the creative arts.”

Williams was honored separately for his services to film music. The KBE honor is typically given to non-British people who have made important contributions to the relationship between Britain and their own country.

Iger led the Walt Disney Company for 15 years between 2005 and 2020, serving as CEO as well as Chairman and Executive Chairman. A legendary, award-winning composer and conductor, Williams has often collaborated with Steven Spielberg and worked on a number of iconic Hollywood scores in addition to Star warsbelow Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones.

The honor makes Iger and Williams among the last people to receive the honor from the late queen. Previous recent recipients include Bono, Ralph Lauren and Rod Stewart.

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Williams’ representatives for comment.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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