Jonathan Ive, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, has been awarded a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honours list.

The man who played an important role in bringing us the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (along with numerous Mac computers), finds the news “absolutely thrilling,” adding that he is “both humbled and sincerely grateful.”

Jonathan Ive noted:

I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making. I discovered at an early age that all I’ve ever wanted to do is design.

Though Ive already boasts a CBE (Commander of the British Empire), his new honour, a KBE (Knight of the British Empire) allows him to be referred to as “Sir Jonathan Ive.”

For more information on the knighthood and on Ive’s past achievements, take a look at the BBC’s original article.