Apple design chief Jonathan Ive knighted by Princess Anne

“Jonathan Ive – the British designer responsible for Apple’s iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad – has been knighted at Buckingham Palace,” BBC News reports. “The 45-year-old said the investiture in front of the Princess Royal was ‘really thrilling and particularly humbling.'”

“Sir Jonathan had a brief chat with Princess Anne and later revealed they had talked about how often he comes back to the UK while she spoke of her iPad,” The Beeb reports. “He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the New Year Honours list for services to design and enterprise.”

“Sir Jonathan, who now lives in San Francisco, has led the Apple design team since 1996. He was described by Steve Jobs as his “spiritual partner”, according to the late Apple co-founder’s biographer Walter Isaacson,” The Beeb reports. “He was made a Commander of Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005. Other figures honoured by Princess Anne on Wednesday included Sir Peter Bazalgette, 59, of Endemol – the TV company behind Big Brother – who was knighted for services to broadcasting.”

Read more and see the video in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Congrats the Sir Jony!

(That’s some “service” Bazalgette performed on broadcasting. In that case, wethinks they confused the knighting schedule with the beheading one.)

Related articles:
Sir Jony: Apple’s Jonathan Ive awarded knighthood – December 31, 2011
Gordon Brown blocked honorary knighthood for Steve Jobs after Jobs declined to speak at Labour Party conference – March 1, 2011
Apple design chief Jonathan Ive collects CBE from Queen Elizabeth – November 17, 2006
Apple’s Jonathan Ive named Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – December 31, 2005


  1. How come the HP’s and Samsung VP of industrial design have not being nominated to that honor if they have “designed” exactly the same devices as Sir Jonny? lol

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