Honours and Awards


About Honours

Honours lists are published twice a year at New Year and in mid-June on the date of the Queen'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 award.

The honours system is administered by the government and you can obtain more information from the government's Directgov website below:


Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for the work they do in the community?

Any member of the public may nominate a person for a National Honour - be it a colleague, volunteer, teacher etc. 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.

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 nominate someone. We have limited influence over the processing of nominees, but that should in no way discourage you from nominating individuals for honours. Indeed, the more citations that are received, the more that person is likely to be recognised. We feel it is vitally important that we know about the great work people are doing in our area, particularly in the voluntary sector. The information we receive also helps us with making recommendations for invitations to the Royal Garden Party held each summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh. The Lord-Lieutenant also holds occasional receptions in Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh for deserving members of the community.

How do I 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 will take at least 18 months to be processed)

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.

For nominees resident in Scotland the Nomination Form should be sent to:

Gail Clapton
Honours Secretary
Scottish Government
3D South
Victoria Quay
0131 244 5300

Contact the Lieutenancy for more information about Honours and Awards

If you have any queries about the honours system or how to nominate someone, please complete the form below and we will respond as quickly as possible. Please also complete the form if you are nominating any person for an award and wish the Lord-Lieutenant to have a record of this.

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