How Queen’s final knight will be Sir Star Wars: Composer John Williams to be honoured after creating music for countless blockbuster films

How Queen’s final knight will be Sir Star Wars: Composer John Williams to be honoured after creating music for countless blockbuster films

  • Star Wars composer John Williams has been awarded an honorary knighthood
  • It was one of the final awards approved by the Queen before she died this month
  • Williams, 90, has collected 25 Grammys, seven Bafta awards and five Oscars
  • He created music for blockbusters such as Jaws, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter 
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Star Wars composer John Williams has been awarded an honorary knighthood in one of the final awards approved by the Queen before she died this month.

The American created music for countless blockbuster films which also include Jaws, two Jurassic Park movies and three Harry Potter films.

His award for services to film music was included in a list of honorary awards for foreign nationals that was updated last night. It was approved by Her Late Majesty. 

Star Wars composer John Williams (pictured) has been awarded an honorary knighthood in one of the final awards approved by the Queen before she died this month.

Star Wars composer John Williams (pictured) has been awarded an honorary knighthood in one of the final awards approved by the Queen before she died this month.

Former Disney chief executive Robert Iger, 71, has also been awarded an honorary KBE for services to UK-US relations.

Williams, 90, was born in New York City and began his career in the early 1950s. His accolades include 25 Grammy Awards, seven Bafta awards and five Oscars. He also composed music for the Indiana Jones films, Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List.

Honorary awards recognise foreign and Commonwealth nationals who have made an outstanding contribution to the UK. Other holders include Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his ex-wife Melinda and director Steven Spielberg.

Recipients are not entitled to style themselves ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’, unlike British nationals.

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