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Apple's VP of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive was knighted today by the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace.

Ive was dubbed a knight for his services to design and enterprise.

Ive – born in Chingford, Essex – was plucked out of a comparatively lowly job at Apple by Steve Jobs himself, who spotted Ives' potential when he returned to the tech biz in 1996. Ive went on to design the iMac, the iPhone and the iPad.

Buckingham Palace explained that while in past centuries knighthood used to be awarded solely for military merit, today it recognises significant contributions to national life.

The Queen has both an iPod and an iPad. ®

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