Anyone can receive an award if they reach the required standard of merit or service, and rightly, honours lists contain a wide variety of people from different backgrounds. Equally anyone can nominate someone for an award, but it is important to note that longevity in a position is not sufficient in itself and that honours are not usually awarded after someone has retired.

Making a nomination

You can find more information, guidance and access to the nomination form on GOV.UK

It is important to remember to include all good works performed by the nominee, not just the foremost reason. It is essential to source and submit several strong letters of recommendation from people who know at first-hand about the work which has caused the nomination to be made.

Please note: Many people continue to assume that honours are awarded at the direction of Lord-Lieutenants in each county. This is not so. For the avoidance of doubt: honours go to people who have been nominated not by the Lieutenancy, as an official body, but by members of the public.

The Lord-Lieutenant is unable to act as a referee.

A nomination will generally take at least 18 months to pass through the vetting process, from the point it is submitted to the Cabinet Office. The nomination should be kept strictly confidential to avoid disappointment should an application be unsuccessful. A finite number of awards are available for each honours list, and therefore nominations are measured against submissions from across the nation.

Contact details for further information

Cabinet Office:

Phone:  020 7276 2777