Former Disney CEO Bob Iger and Star Wars Composer John Williams is the latest member of the Hollywood industry to be knighted.
The honor bestows both entertainment giants with the title of KBE, more formally known as the Knight Commander of the Civilian Squad of the Greatest Order of the British Empire. Bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 7 at the age of 96, Iger and Williams are just two of Britain’s larger honors to be approved in 2022.
Iger, who received her honor as part of her contribution to the US-UK relationship, remembered the queen and her “extraordinary life and service” in a statement. .
“It was truly special and one of the greatest honors of my life to have her make me an Honorary Knight of the British Empire before she passed away,” he continued. “Our two nations share a strong bond that I have seen over the years through my deep personal and professional relationships with the UK. I have great affection for the people of the UK, and have always appreciated and been inspired by their extraordinary contributions, especially in the field of the creative arts. “
Williams was honored exclusively for her services to music videography. The KBE title is usually given to non-British people who have made important contributions to the relationship between Britain and their home country.
Iger led The Walt Disney Company for 15 years from 2005 to 2020, serving as chief executive officer as well as chairman of the Board of Directors and executive chairman. Williams, a legendary, award-winning composer and conductor who has frequently collaborated with Steven Spielberg, and worked on a number of iconic Hollywood scores in addition to Star Wars consists of Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones.
The honors make Iger and Williams among the last to receive the honor from the late queen. Recent recipients include Bono, Ralph Lauren and Rod Stewart.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to a Williams representative for comment.