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Honours nominations

Nominations for honours are welcomed from members of the public. The Prime Minister wants his list to be representative of society as a whole - men and women from all walks of life including those from ethnic minorities.

In particular the Prime Minister believes the honours system should recognise and celebrate the contribution of local people making a difference in their own communities.

How do I nominate someone for an honour?

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 information.

Should I tell the person that I have nominated them?

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

Do I have to say what sort of honour?

No.  The Honours Secretariat will determine that for you.

How long will the process take?

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

May I nominate someone who is no longer involved in the activity(ies) I wish to see recognised?

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

How will I know if my nomination is successful?

If your nominee is successful his or her name will appear in the list published in the national newspapers at the New Year or on The Queen’s Official Birthday (June).

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 in the first place.  It is suggested that you do not re-nominate until 2 years have elapsed since the original nomination was made. A different outcome is unlikely unless your nominee has had additional achievements.

Where can I get a nomination form to complete?

Honours and Appointments Secretariat
Cabinet Office
1 Horseguards Road
London
SW1A 2HQ

Telephone: (020) 7276 2777, Fax No: (020) 7276 2766
Email: honours@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

A nomination form can also be obtained from the Lord-Lieutenant’s Officer.

General enquiries about the honours system should be addressed to the Honours and Appointments Secretariat at the above address. 

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Last updated: 21 June 2013

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