The Queen has made Apple’s British-born designer Jonathan Ive a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) in recognition of Jonathan Ive’s services to design and enterprise.
Accepting the honour, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jony Ive said: “I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making. To be recognised with this honour is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful.”
He added: “I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design. I feel enormously fortunate that I continue to be able to design and make products with a truly remarkable group of people here at Apple.”
Jonathan Ive becomes Sir Jonathan Ive, and the knighthood will be conferred by the touch of a sword by Her Majesty The Queen.
This is the second royal honour for Ive, who was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2006 for his achievements in British design and innovation. The current Knighthood recognises his work on raising design standards generally in consumer, industrial and professional goods and for his championing of British design.
Ive has previously been recognised with numerous design awards including being named Designer of the Year by the Design Museum London and awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts.
Ive joined Apple in 1992, and following the return of Steve Jobs in 1997, became Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, designing the first iMac in 1998 and those that followed, and then the iPod, iPhone and iPad.