There are several ways to nominate someone for a national honour or award. You can make a nomination online, by email, or by post using the honours nomination form.
You need to write a detailed description to put forward a candidate for a national honour. Find out how to write a citation for someone who deserves an honour and the information needed to submit nominations.
The information required to nominate a candidate for an honour or award (if they live in United Kingdom) is:
You can make a nomination online, by postal methods, or by email. Having set up an account you will be able to save your nomination and return to it sometime later.
The digital service allows you to include evidence in recognition of the nominee's achievements. Typical examples include letters, newspaper articles, and photographs.
Use the honours nomination form to nominate a UK resident for a national honour by post or by email. Fill in the document and send it to the Honours and Appointments Secretariat. Their office will also answer any questions you have about the nomination process.
Honours and Appointments Secretariat
1 Horse Guards Road
Telephone: 020 7276 2777
Fax: 020 7276 2766
Information on call charges.
Note: A different process applies when writing nominations for bravery awards (see below). The Cabinet Office provides further guidance on how to write citations to put someone forward for a UK national honour.
You can nominate a non-UK resident for an honour, even if they are living or working overseas. Candidates who are not British would receive an 'honorary award'. To qualify, they should have made achievements in (either):
Use the FCO honours nomination form to nominate someone who lives or works abroad. Fill in the form and mail it to:
Royal, Ceremonial and Honours Unit
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles St
Note: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) produces guidance notes to help you provide grounds for a nomination.
The UK honours system uses civilian gallantry awards to recognise the bravery of people who either saved or tried to save the life of another person. The committee judge all recommendations on:
You can still recommend a person for a bravery award even after they have died. In this case, they would receive a posthumous award. The candidate would only need to hold British citizenship to get the George Cross award.
Note: Write a letter (or an email) with as many details as possible about the individual and the event. Send it to the Honours and Appointments Secretariat to recommend someone for any of the bravery awards.
The George Cross Committee assess all recommendations. The next step is forwarding the recommendation to HM The Queen, who would then award the honour to the recipient.
How to Write an Honours Nomination for Someone in United Kingdom