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Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 03:30 pm PT (06:30 pm ET)

President Obama invites Apple design chief Jonathan Ive to state dinner

The recently knighted Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple's Senior Vice President of Industrial Design, will join other notable brits at President Barack Obama's state dinner honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron's first visit to the U.S.

As part of his first U.S. tour, Cameron will take part in a White House dinner where a number of British elites and other guests are planned to take part in a meet and greet with President Obama, reports The Guardian.

Gathering at the nation's capitol with Ive will be other big names familiar to the U.S. public including Sir Richard Branson, golfer Rory McIlroy, musical group Mumford & Sons, and actors Damian Lewis and Hugh Bonneville.

Ive, who has worked for Apple for over 19 years, was a close confidant to the company's late co-founder Steve Jobs. In an interview for his biography, Jobs said that "there's no one who can tell [Ive} what to do. That's the way I set it up.'"

In December 2011, Ive's status was upgraded from Commander of the British Empire to Knight Commander of the British Empire.

The White House dinner is scheduled to take place on Wednesday night.