Former Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger and famed film composer John Williams were selected by Queen Elizabeth II for 2022 Honorary KBE laurels, the British government announced this week.
The honorary knight commander of the British Empire, kudos to Iger and Williams, was part of a number of foreigners’ honors 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 “services to UK-US relations”, presumably referring to his long run as Disney’s top executive and the company’s notable presence in the global content business and UK-based film, TV and stage production. . Williams, a five-time Oscar winner and accomplished conductor, has been cited for his many years of “services to film music.”
Iger, who retired from Disney at the end of last year, expressed his gratitude for Queen Elizabeth II’s wink in a statement.
“In recent weeks we have been reminded of the extraordinary life and service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is truly special and one of the great honors of my life to be awarded the honorary Knight of the British Empire by her before she died,” said Iger. “Our two nations share a strong bond, which I have seen closely over many years through my deep personal and professional connections to the United Kingdom. I have great affection for the people of the UK and have always appreciated and inspired their extraordinary contributions, especially 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 awards to be awarded. Others who received a tip from the Queen included climate activist Christiana Figueres (Honorary DBE), chef and author Ken Hom (Honorary CBE) and Ford Foundation president Darren Walker (Honorary OBE).
(Photo: Bob Iger, John Williams)