About Honours

The honours system recognises people who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping others . They will usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do.

Honours lists are published twice a year at New Year and in mid-June. 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 Scottish Government’s gov.uk website.

Do you know somebody who deserves to receive an honour?

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.

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.

You can use the templates and guidance documents below to submit a nomination: