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28.10.2022
Queen Elizabeth II’s last ‘Knight’
The American film composer’s honorary KBE was one of the final awards approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The American film composer’s honorary KBE was one of the final awards approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. John Williams has been awarded a knighthood, in one of the final honorary awards for foreign nationals approved by the late Queen Elizabeth II before she died. The Schindler’s List and Harry Potter composer was honoured for his services to film music, as one of two of Her Majesty’s final ‘Knights’. The other is Robert Iger, former CEO of Disney Company, who tweeted his “special congratulations” to John Williams. “It is an honor for me to join him as an Honorary Knight!” Iger said. “I have always been in awe of his work. May the force be with him!” The honorary awards, listed on the government website, recognise foreign and Commonwealth nationals who have made an outstanding contribution to the UK. The title ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’, however, is reserved for British nationals. Previous KBE recipients include director Steven Spielberg, who received one for his contributions to the British film industry in 2000.

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