Honours and awards
The honours system is designed to recognise the specific contribution made by individuals to many different walks of life in our nation.
If you know of someone who would fit some or all of the criteria below, then please consider nominating them for an award:
- exemplify the best sustained and selfless voluntary service
- have changed things, with an emphasis on achievement
- have demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship
- carry the respect of their peers
- have shown sustained achievement against the odds requiring moral courage
- have made significant contributions towards building 'The Big Society'
- are major philanthropists, showing sustained commitment
- if in paid employment, they are people who go substantially beyond their job
- it is important not to let the person know that you are nominating them
- ensure that others whom you involve also keep the process secret to avoid any disappointment
- the process will generally take around 12 to 18 months
- each nomination is checked thoroughly before being recommended
- they are then subject to scrutiny by independent awarding committees (in the Cabinet Office) in London, before being submitted to the King for his approval
If you would like to nominate someone for an honour, please visit:
Nominate someone for an honour or award
This link provides guidance on filling in the application and the honours' nomination form.
The King's anniversary and birthday messages
The King will send a congratulatory message on the following occasions:
- The King sends congratulatory messages for 60th (Diamond), 65th and 70th (Platinum) wedding anniversaries and then every year thereafter
- His Majesty does not send a message for anniversaries below 60 years
- The King sends messages for 100th and 105th birthdays and then every year thereafter
To apply please visit The Royal Household - Anniversary messages website.