Honours & Awards

Honours

Honours recognise the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people, and nominations for honours are welcomed from members of the public. The Prime Minister is keen that contributions to society are acknowledged.

The numbers of honours are limited, so only those who have given exceptional service, either nationally or locally, are likely to succeed. This does not mean that the contributions of other people nominated for honours go unappreciated or unnoticed. Being invited to a Royal Garden Party is seen as such an acknowledgement. Nominations are provided by the Depute Lieutenants and cover people from all walks of life, particularly those who contribute to public or voluntary work.

The Queen publishes her Honours’ List twice a year. About 1,500 awards are made each time. Lists of honours are published on the 10 Downing Street website, in the Edinburgh Gazette and in national newspapers.

You may submit a nomination at any time. Receipt of your nomination will be acknowledged within 28 days, but it is not possible to provide any further information, or progress reports, on your nomination.

If you wish to nominate anyone for an honour the form can be downloaded from this link  or can be supplied through the Lieutenancy Clerk.  If you are nominating someone letters of support are needed and the Lieutenancy Office might be able to help with this.

Should you wish to nominate someone for the Royal Garden Party held at The Palace of Holyroodhouse please contact the Clerk to the Lieutenancy.

Queens Award for Voluntary Service

To celebrate her Golden Jubilee, The Queen announced a new, annual Award to recognise and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (formerly known as The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award) is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who:-

  • Regularly devote their time to helping others in the community
  • Improve the quality of life and opportunity for others
  • provide an outstanding service

Applications have to be made by the group from this link