Honours lists are published twice a year at New Year and mid-June on the date of the late Queen's Official Birthday. Anyone can receive an award if they reach the required standard of merit or service, and honours lists contain a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, communities and organisations.
The honours system is managed by the UK Cabinet Office Ceremonial Secretariat but each UK Government Department and the Devolved Administrations all have an Honours Secretary to whom you may send a nomination. Anyone can submit a nomination.
Nomination forms and the full UK Cabinet Office guidance can be found at Nominate someone for an honour or award - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Please click on the links below to download a Nomination Form and the Guidance Notes. The Nomination Form contains guidelines on how it should be completed, what information should be included and gives advice about supporting letters.
For further information, contact the Clerk to the Lieutenancy in your area.
Birthday and Anniversary Messages
On very special occasions - 100th birthday, 105th birthday and every birthday thereafter, or 60th (Diamond) Wedding Anniversary, 65th (Blue Sapphire), 70th (Platinum) and every year thereafter, His Majesty The King sends congratulatory messages to the individuals concerned.
The Lieutenancy can arrange for an Anniversary congratulatory message or you can do this online.
It is not necessary to apply for a birthday message if the celebrant is receiving a State Pension or other DWP benefit and resident in the United Kingdom.
It is possible for a personal visit by the Lord-Lieutenant, or one of the Deputies, as the representative of His Majesty. Please arrange through the Clerk to the Lieutenancy.