John Williams given knighthood in the late Queen's final honours list

26 September 2022
By Ellie Palmer
It is thought that the honour was approved by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II just a fortnight before her death on 8 September

American composer John Williams has been awarded a Knight of the British Empire in the Queen's last honours list.

The 90-year-old, known for composing some of the most loved music scores of the 20th and 21st centuries, was included in a list of honorary awards for foreign nationals that was updated over the weekend.

Williams has won 25 Grammy Awards, seven Bafta awards and five Oscars during his illustrious career, and is rightly thought to be one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He has written music for the Star Wars saga, JawsClose Encounters of the Third KindSupermanE.T, the first two Home Alone films, the Indiana Jones films, the first three Harry Potter films, and many more.

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He will be known as John Williams KBE – foreign nationals cannot use the title 'Sir'.

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