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 the full UK Cabinet Office guidance can be found on the Direct Gov website. The forms and guidance are UK wide and nominations can be made either to the Cabinet Office, whose address appears on the nomination form, or to;

Honours Secretariat
Scottish Government
Victoria Quay

Either by post or by email to protocolandhonours@gov.scot


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 below 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.

Please click on the links below to download a Nomination Form and the Guidance Notes. The Nomination Form contains guidelines on how it should be completed, what information should be included and gives advice about supporting letters.


Nominate someone for an honour or award: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)