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Nominations for The Queen's awards and honours

The Queen's Award for voluntary service

Award to recognise and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. This is the equivalent of an individual receiving an MBE.

The award is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who:

  • regularly devote their time to helping others in the community
  • improve the quality of life and opportunity for others
  • provide an outstanding service

Nominate a group for an award

You can nominate a group for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service or get more information on the Directgov website or through the Lord-Lieutenant in your area.

Honours

The Queen's honours recognise the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people.

The numbers of honours are limited, so only those who have given exceptional service, either nationally or locally, are likely to succeed. This does not mean that the contributions of other people nominated for honours go unappreciated or unnoticed. Being invited to a Royal Garden Party is an acknowledgement.

The Queen publishes her Honours' List twice a year. About 1,500 awards are made each time. Lists of honours are published on the 10 Downing Street website, in the Edinburgh Gazette and in national newspapers.

Nominate someone for an honour

You can nominate someone for an honour or get more information on the Directgov website or through the Lord-Lieutenant in your area. If you are nominating someone, letters of support are needed and the Lieutenancy Office might be able to help with this.

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.