Anyone can nominate an individual for an honour. In Cambridgeshire, there are many distinguished people from academic, innovation and business sectors. There are also many unsung and unrewarded individuals who make a difference to the lives of others. However, they need someone to nominate them. Please consider whether you know of someone who should be recognised and, if appropriate, nominate them.
People receive honours for achievements such as:
Please bear in mind that only exceptional people will receive an honour and that nominations should be made whilst the nominee is still active. However, it is not necessary to be active on the international or national stage, many Cambridgeshire people have received honours for their activities within the county over the past few years.
Whether someone gets an honour – and the type of honour they receive – is decided by an honours committee in London. The committee’s decisions go to the Prime Minister and then to The King. Honours are normally awarded by The King at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, though they are occasionally presented locally by the Lord-Lieutenant at the recipient’s request. BEM honours are always presented by the Lord-Lieutenant, to recognize the very special local significance of these honours.
There is detailed guidance and a nomination form on the Government website www.gov.uk/honours
The Lieutenancy Office is happy to guide and advise anyone wishing to make a nomination.