Star Wars composer John Williams among last to be knighted by the Queen

John Williams and former Disney boss Bob Iger were among the last people to be knighted by the late Queen.

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There’s no doubt about the impact composer John Williams has made in music, specifically film music. His themes can be heard in films such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones. And who could forget the brilliantly simple theme to Jaws, which still evokes a fear of the open water in many of us?

It’s no wonder Williams was on the list to be awarded a knighthood by the late Queen as reported by the BBC. Williams was recognised for his contributions to music while former CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, was lauded for his contributions to UK-US relationships. 

Also on the list was TV presenter and chef Ken Hom, who was made an honorary CBE for his charity work as well as his contribution to the culinary arts and education. 

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The Walt Disney Company Former CEO and Chairman Robert Iger speaks onstage during Vox Media’s 2022 Code Conference – Day 2 on September 07, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Vox Media)

Williams’ latest score is for Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans which has just premiered at Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews. The Fabelmans is expected to be an awards season favourite, so perhaps Williams is in for yet another Oscar nomination, or even a win. 

The 91-year-old composer recently announced that he would be retiring after providing the music for Indiana Jones 5. 

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