Honours and Awards



Would you like to nominate an unsung local hero or an outstanding Milton Keynes voluntary organisation or business for an honour?

If yes, read on ……..

COVID-19 Response

There’s a particular application form (DOCX, 25KB) to use to nominate someone for a national honour due to their contribution in response to COVID-19.

You can nominate anyone who lives in the UK.  Perhaps their contribution is:

  • frontline work supporting the most vulnerable members of society and those who have caught COVID-19
  • providing critical care to COVID-19 patients
  • developing innovations to support the vulnerable and those with COVID-19
  • going to extraordinary lengths to keep critical services going
  • volunteering in the community or for service organisations in support of those affected by COVID-19

There is no end date for nominations in respect of COVID-19.

National Honours

Do you know a Milton Keynes person who is committed to serving their community or who has made significant achievements in public life who could be considered for a national honour?

Honours are awarded twice a year, on the Queen's Birthday in June and at the New Year, to people from all walks of life who have demonstrated outstanding service to the community or their field of work.

Anybody can nominate, but it is very important this is kept confidential from the candidate.  You can nominate at any time.  It can take from 18 months to 2 years for a nomination to be processed.

Perhaps you know someone in Milton Keynes who is committed to serving their community or has made significant achievements (locally or nationally) in public life that could be considered for a national honour?  If you do, we encourage you to think about whether they are a suitable candidate; guidance  (PDF, 684KB)is available to assist with this task, including how to write your nomination so it is presented in the best possible way.  

There are different types of honours and awards. You cannot nominate someone for a specific award e.g. BEM, MBE or OBE as that decision is made by the honours committee.

Whether someone gets an honour - and the honour they get - is decided by an honours committee. The committee’s decisions go to the Prime Minister and then to the Queen, who awards the honour.

The person must still be actively involved in what you’re nominating them for and it is important to provide relevant facts and figures to show the impact your candidate has had.

Nominations can be made online, or you can download the form and send in by post or e-mail.

National Awards

Are you aware of any voluntary organisation in Milton Keynes that should be nominated for The Queens Award for Voluntary Service or a business for the Queens Award for Enterprise?

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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

Nominations must be submitted online by midnight on 13 September 2019 to make sure your nominated group is considered for the 2020 awards.

Further information and a nomination form can be obtained from the Queens Award website.  

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

Information about these awards including, application forms, eligibility and submission deadlines can be found at www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise/business-awards or by calling 020 7215 6880.

Birthday and Anniversary Messages from the Queen

Find out how to get a birthday or anniversary message from the Queen.

You can make a request to Her Majesty to send a congratulatory message to individual British Nationals on reaching their 100th and 105th birthdays.   The Department of Works & Pensions automatically notify, but applications can be made on a personal basis enclosing a photocopy of the celebrant's birth certificate.  It is also possible to receive a belated message up to six months after the event.

The Queen may also be requested to send a congratulatory message to couples who reach their diamond (60th), 65th and 70th wedding anniversaries, and every year thereafter. 

For more information and to download the application form visit the Gov.uk birthday or anniversary message from the Queen page.

Royal Garden Parties

Each year the Buckinghamshire Lieutenancy is invited by the Lord Chamberlain to put forward to Buckingham Palace a number of individuals from around the county whose services to the community merit an invitation to a Royal Garden Party in the following year. 

The Queen welcomes each year over 30,000 guests to spend a relaxed summer afternoon in the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  At each Garden Party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed!  Garden Parties are an important way for the Queen to speak to a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact in their community.

The Royal Garden Party is a golden opportunity to thank people who put themselves out for the benefit of others.  If you would like to nominate someone to attend please complete the nomination form on the Buckinghamshire Lieutenancy website.  You can submit nominations at any time but any received after 31 October may not be considered until the following year. Successful nominees will be notified in February 2020.  


Honours and Awards

Last Updated: 10 September 2020