Honours are given to people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have made a difference to their community. There are several different types of award, each one recognising a different type of contribution.
Honours lists are published twice a year – at New Year and in mid-June on The Queen’s official birthday. Anyone can receive an award if they reach the required standard of merit or service. The list contains a wide variety of people from different backgrounds.
Individuals may be nominated for an honours award by anyone. For example neighbours or work colleagues might put forward those they admire for their achievements. Self-nominations are rare, and will not succeed without independent validation. Applications must be made on the nomination form designed for this purpose