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How to make an Honours nomination

Nominations for Honours are welcomed from members of the public. The Prime Minister wants this list to be representative of society as a whole - men and women from all sections of the community.

There are only 1000 awards in each Prime Minister's list, so only those that have given exceptional service are likely to succeed. This does not mean, however, that the contributions of other candidates go unappreciated or unnoticed.

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.

Questions commonly asked about Honours:

  1. Should I tell the person that I have nominated them?
  2. Do I have to say what sort of Honour I think is due?
  3. How long will the process take?
  4. May I nominate someone who is no longer involved in the activity I wish to see recognised?
  5. How will I know if my nomination is successful?
  6. If my nominations is not successful, may I re-nominate?
  7. Where can I get a nomination form?

1 . Should I tell the person that I have nominated them?

No. It is not fair to raise the nominee's expectations in case they are disappointed.

2 . Do I have to say what sort of Honour I think is due?

No. The Honours Secretary will determine that for you.

3 . How long will the process take?

It will take a minimum of 6 months to deal with an application in readiness for the New Year or Birthday (June) Honours Lists, and is more likely to take 12 to 18 months for even a strong candidate to succeed, given the high level of competition.

4 . May I nominate someone who is no longer involved in the activity I wish to see recognised?

Yes, generally speaking only if they ceased their involvement in the past six months (further information will be found on the official nomination form).

5 . How will I know if my nomination is successful?

If your nominee is successful his or her name will appear on the list published in the national newspapers at the New Year or on the Queen's official birthday (June).

6 . If my nomination is not successful, may I re-nominate?

Yes, provided the person nominated is still engaged in the work which prompted you to nominate it in the first place. It is suggested that you do not re-nominate until two years have elapsed since the original nomination was made.

7 . Where can I get a nomination form to complete?

Or obtain further Information regarding the Honours system?

Directly from the Cabinet Office website.

or contact

The Ceremonial Secretariat
The Cabinet Office
35 Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BQ

Telephone 020 72762777 or the Surrey Lieutenancy Office 020 8541 9127.

  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019

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