Honours, Awards and Recognition

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things
Honour is a very special way of acknowledging an individual’s impact on life in Gwent or further afield, for example when they have given service above and beyond what would normally be expected of them. It is straightforward to nominate someone for National Honours and anyone can make a nomination. The nomination must be able to show how the individual has achieved one or more of the following:

• made a real difference;
• improved the lives of others;
• given sustained and selfless service;
• shown innovation or creativity in delivering lasting results;
• and earned the respect of colleagues, being seen as an exceptional role model.

Anyone can nominate anyone for an honour, by following the link below.
If you would like help or advice on a potential honour recipient, please complete the enquiry form opposite.
Nominate an Individual

    National Honours

    When making a nomination you do not need to say what level of award you are aiming at, but as a guide the National Honours are below:

    Companion of Honour

    This is awarded for having a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time.


    This is awarded for having a major contribution in any activity, usually at national level. Other people working in the nominee’s area will see their contribution as inspirational and significant, requiring commitment over a long period of time.

    Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

    This is awarded for having a prominent but lesser role at national level, or a leading role at regional level. You can also get one for a distinguished, innovative contribution to any area.

    Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

    This is awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.

    Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

    Awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others.

    British Empire Medal (BEM)

    Awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.

    Overseas Territories Police and Fire Service Medals

    Given for service in British Overseas Territories.

    Royal Victorian Order (RVO)

    An award given by the Queen – usually to people who have helped her personally, like members of the Royal household staff or British ambassadors.

    The George Cross

    First level civilian medal for bravery: for acts of heroism and courage in extreme danger.

    The George Medal

    Second level civilian medal for bravery: for acts of great bravery.

    The Queen’s Gallantry Medal

    Third level civilian medal for bravery: for inspiring acts of bravery.

    The Queen’s Commendation for Bravery and The Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air

    For risk to life.
    The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
    The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups, awarded in recognition of work that has significantly benefited others and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering by such groups. The bar is high and organisations must be volunteer-led.

    Anyone outside the organisation can nominate at any time. Nominations close each September and decisions are made within a year. Any group of 2 or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.

    To be nominated the volunteers should do work that:

    • Provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community
    • Is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
    • Is run locally

    Volunteer groups should have been running for 3 years or more to be nominated.

    Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee. The committee makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office, which sends a final list to The Queen for her approval.

    Nominations for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service can only be made online and more information can be found following the link below.
    About the Queens Award
    Royal Garden Parties
    Three Royal Garden Parties are held at Buckingham Palace every year and about 8000 people attend each party.

    In January of each year, the Lord-Lieutenant prepares to submit a list of names to The Lord Chamberlain whom he would recommend for consideration to attend a Royal Garden Party. There are restrictions-for example, all guests should be 18 or over to be invited in their own right.

    If you feel that someone in Gwent has made a major contribution to life in the community, or has provided exceptional service in any other way, you could recommend that they are invited to this very special event.

    Recommendations should be made via the Lord-Lieutenancy Office using the form at the top of this page.
    Congratulatory Messages and Letters
    The Queen sends congratulatory messages to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter and those celebrating their 60th, 65th and 70th wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter. You should apply for a message at least 3 weeks before the day.

    Applications can be made via the Lord-Lieutenancy Office using the form at the top of the page.
    More Information
    The Queen receives and replies to literally thousands of letters each year. Anyone can write to The Queen or any member of the Royal family – and, provided the letter isn’t abusive or irrelevant, can expect a reply.
    More Information
    linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram