There are few honors quite as big for a British citizen as becoming a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE), better known as a “Sir.” Even if they no longer live in the country, so long as they retain their British citizenship it can happen, and is usually based on their contributions to a particular field of work. Joining those illustrious ranks this year will be none other than Apple’s lead designer, Jonathan Ive.

The BBCis reporting that Mr. Ive, who will know be known as Sir Jonathan Ive once the ceremony happens, has been named on New Year Honours list to receive his KBE status in 2012.  Ive issued a brief statement upon hearing the news he would be receiving the title:

I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making. To be recognized with this honour is absolutely thrilling and I am both humbled and sincerely grateful. 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.

In 2005 Ive also made the New Year Honours list when he was awarded the title of Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

Here is how Ive is listed in the 2012 New Year Honours List (PDF link):

Jonathan Ive - KBE

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for his next appearance in an Apple promotional video shown at a launch event when we see “Sir Jonathan Ive” next to his name.

What do you think about Ive receiving this honor?

[via BBC]