Former Disney CEO Bob Iger and acclaimed film composer John Williams have been selected by Queen Elizabeth II for the 2022 KBE Honorary Laurels, the UK government announced this week.
The kudos of the Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire for Iger and Williams were part of a series of honorary awards for foreigners approved for 2022 by the beloved monarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96 after a historic reign.
Iger was cited for “contributions to UK-US relations”, believed to refer to his long tenure as a top Disney executive and the company’s notable presence in the global content business and in UK film, television and stage production . Williams, a five-time Academy Award winner and accomplished conductor, was recognized for his long-standing “contributions to film music.”
Iger, who retired from Disney late last year, issued a statement expressing his gratitude for the nod from Queen Elizabeth II.
“In recent weeks we have been reminded of the extraordinary life and service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It’s really special and one of the great honors of my life that she bestowed on me the Knight of Honor of the British Empire before she died,” said Iger. “Our two nations share a strong bond that I have experienced firsthand over many years through my deep personal and professional ties to the United Kingdom. I have great affection for the people of Britain and have always appreciated and been inspired by their extraordinary contributions, particularly in the creative arts.”
Iger and Williams were the only entertainment industry names in bold on the list, and they were the only two KBE honors presented. Others to receive a scepter tip from the Queen were climate activist Christiana Figueres (Honorary DBE), chef and author Ken Hom (Honorary CBE) and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker (Honorary OBE).
https://variety.com/2022/biz/news/bob-iger-star-wars-john-williams-kbe-qeii-1235382930/ Bob Iger and John Williams receive KBE honorary kudos