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John Williams reportedly knighted by the Queen before her death

The five-time Oscar-winning composer helmed the scores for ‘Jaws’, ‘Star Wars’ and more

By Tom Skinner

Film score composer John Williams
John Williams. CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons

Film composer John Williams was reportedly knighted by Queen Elizabeth II prior to her death.

Williams – who memorably composed the scores for many critically acclaimed films across his seven-decade career, including Star Wars and Jaws – was named on a list approved by the Queen to be honoured with a KBE for his role in improving UK-US relations.

That’s according to a report by the Daily Mail, which states that former Disney chief executive Robert Iger is also listed on the document. Although Williams and Iger received knighthoods, the pair won’t be given the title of ‘Sir’, as that honour is reserved for British nationals.

Williams, 90, has also provided the scores for movies such as Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Home Alone and Home Alone 2, and Saving Private Ryan, as well as the first three films in the Harry Potter franchise.

The composer is set to retire from scoring films after finishing his work on the forthcoming Indiana Jones 5.

“At the moment I’m working on Indiana Jones 5, which Harrison Ford – who’s quite a bit younger than I am – I think has announced will be his last film,” the five-time Oscar winner told the Associated Press over the summer.

“So, I thought: If Harrison can do it, then perhaps I can, also.”

But Williams will continue working in music in some capacity. He’s said to be currently penning a piano concerto for Emanuel Ax following his release of the record ‘A Gathering of Friends’ with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died at her Balmoral estate on September 8. She was 96 years old. Her state funeral took place at Westminster Abbey last Monday (September 19). The Queen was then laid to rest at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle.