Are letters

of support required?

Yes. At least two letters of support are expected and should be from others who have personal knowledge of the person nominated and who can endorse their contribution.
Is any advice available to help in completing the form?

The Guidance Notes that accompany the application forms are comprehensive and helpful.

More information on letters of support can be found here.

When do

nominations have to be sent in?

There are no deadlines for the receipt of nomination forms but their consideration is likely to take at least 12 to 18 months. Nominations should be made while the person nominated is still active and, if possible, at least 12 months before he or she is expected to retire or stand down, if that is applicable.

How to prepare

a Public Nomination

Please click here to read our helpful guide on preparing for a Public Nomination.

Please click here to read our checklist for your nomination.

Please click here to read our points to note when making a nomination.


happens then?

Nominations are assessed by one of nine specialist committees, all independently chaired. Local experts are sometimes asked to help as well. These evaluations are then passed to the main honours committee, which is chaired by the Secretary of the Cabinet. Names, with the recommended level of honour, are then put forward to The Queen.
When do we hear whether the nomination has been successful?

Honours Lists are published in the New Year and on the occasion of The Sovereign’s Birthday. You can check published Lists (in the national newsletters, the London Gazette or on the honours website) to see if the candidate has been successful.

What if the

nomination is unsuccessful?

If, after two years, you have heard nothing, you can assume that the nomination has been unsuccessful and has lapsed. It is open for you to re-nominate, but this is not likely to be successful unless the person you have nominated has had additional achievements.

The Queen’s Award

for Voluntary Service

This annual award recognises and rewards outstanding achievement by voluntary groups in the community.

Further information and a nomination form can be obtained from the Cabinet Office website or by calling 020 7271 6206.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

These are awarded annually for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development
  • social mobility

The awards are valid for five years.

The Queen’s Award

for Enterprise Promotion

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion is a separate award for individuals.

It is open to people who have played an outstanding role in promoting enterprise skills and attitudes.

The award is valid for life.

Information about these awards can be found at or by calling 020 7215 6880.

General: For local help and guidance, please call the Devon Lieutenancy Office on 01392 383042.