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.
The Welsh Government has provided helpful guidance through the link below.
Citation Guidance
Help Nominating an Individual
Please email the Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant for assistance with nominating an individual
The King’s Award for Voluntary Service
The King’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 King for his approval.

Nominations for The King's Award for Voluntary Service can only be made online and more information can be found following the link below.
About The King's Award for Voluntary Service
The King’s Awards for Enterprise
The King’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:
• innovation
• international trade
• sustainable development
• promoting opportunity through social mobility

If you get an award you’ll be:

• invited to a Royal reception
• presented with the award at your company by the Lord-Lieutenant
able to fly The King’s Awards flag at your main office, and use the emblem on your marketing materials (for example, on your packaging, advertisements, stationery and website)
• given a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy

The awards are valid for 5 years.

Organisations that received an award have reported benefiting from:

• worldwide recognition
• increased commercial value
• greater press coverage
• a boost to staff morale
About the King's Award for Enterprise
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 email address at the top of this page.
Congratulatory Messages and Letters
The King 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 email address at the top of the page.
More Information
The King receives and replies to literally thousands of letters each year. Anyone can write to The King or any member of the Royal family – and, provided the letter isn’t abusive or irrelevant, can expect a reply.
More Information

Most Recent Awards for Gwent

New Year Honours List 2024

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Members of the Order of the British Empire

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Medallists of the Order of the British Empire

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Officers of the Order of the British Empire

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Members of the Order of the British Empire

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New Year Honours List 2023

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Members of the Order of the British Empire

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Medallists of the Order of the British Empire

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