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Nominate someone for an honour

Nominating honoursWhat is it?

Honours, such as the MBE, OBE or knighthoods, recognise people who’ve achieved something outstanding. Anyone can nominate someone for an award, and anyone can receive an award. The Honours List is published twice a year; at New Year, and on the occasion of The Queen’s Official Birthday in June.

How can I nominate someone for an honour?

If you know somebody who you think has made a real difference, whether that’s through their job or through working with their community, you can nominate them for an honour. There are lots of different types to choose from depending on what that person has achieved.

All you need to do is fill in an honours nomination form and get letters of support from at least two other people who know the work of the person you’re nominating.  You need to make sure you return these ahead of deadline for making nominations. There’s guidance available to help you fill in the forms.

Eight expert Honours Committees consider all the recommendations, and between them they will choose the list of awards that will be made. Their list is then approved by the Prime Minister and the Queen.  You can find out who’s on the Honours Committees at Directgov.

Where can I find out more?

Find more information see Directgov – The UK honours system.

How to nominate some for an honour, nomination forms and guidance notes.