Honours lists are published twice a year at New Year and mid-June on the date of the King's Official Birthday. Anyone can receive an award if they reach the required standard of merit or service, and honours lists contain a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, communities and organisations. Anyone can nominate someone for an honour etc.

The honours system is mananged by the UK Cabinet Office Ceremonial Secretariat but each UK Government Department and the Devolved Administrations all have an Honours Secretary to whom you may send a nomination.

In Scotland, since 2007, the First Minister and all other Scottish Government Ministers have chosen to have no role in any part of the Honours process. It is the Civil Service in Scotland who handle Honours nominations, under UK Cabinet Office guidance.

Nomination forms and very helpful guidance notes on how to complete a nomination are availableon the Scottish Government website and can be obtained by emailing scottishhonours@gov.scot . The completed nomination can be returned to the same address or by post to

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St Andrews House


Any member of the public may nominate a person for a national honour. The Lord-Lieutenant would like to encourage members of the public to put forward nominations. Forms are available (see above) or from the Clerk to the Lieutenancy. 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 of course several different types of award, each one recognising a different type of contribution.

The Lieutenancy is not the sole agency through which nominations for honours are processed, but every effort will be made to assist members of the public who wish to submit a nomination.

We feel it is vitally important that we know about the great work people are doing in our area, particularly in the voluntary sector.

How Do You Nominate Someone For An Honour?

You may submit a nomination at any time, and receipt of your nomination will be acknowledged, but thereafter it is not possible to provide any further information or progress reports on your nomination. It should be noted that nominations can take up to three years to be considered.