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The Lord Lieutenant and the award winners

Personal honours

The honours system recognises outstanding individuals who have made achievements in public life. This could be long term voluntary service, displaying moral courage or improving the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.

Anyone can make a nomination for someone who they feel is fully deserving of an honour. The nomination must be made through the website and the individual must still be actively involved in what you are nominating them for.

If you wish to make a nomination, but have some queries about the process, please see:

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Alternatively, please visit Nominate someone for an honour or award or contact the Leicestershire Lieutenancy Office.

If you've already submitted an honours nomination and wish to have an update on its progress, you can contact the Honours and Appointments Secretariat: or (020) 7276 2777.

Royal Garden Parties

Each year the Lord-Lieutenant collates a list of 50 individuals to receive an invitation to one of HM The Queen’s Royal Garden parties. The list will typically be made up of deserving volunteers and unsung heroes within the community.

To attend a Royal Garden Party is a unique honour. With limited places only the most deserving are likely to secure a place. Your nominee:

  • should be a very deserving volunteer/unsung hero
  • must reside in Leicestershire and will be able to take a personal guest
  • be British, Commonwealth or European citizens (although their spouse/partner or companion need not)
  • must be resident in the UK and 18 years of age or over
  • (including companions) must not have previously attended a Royal Garden Party.

Your nomination will be considered by the Lord-Lieutenant’s Advisory Panel, whose recommendations will be considered by the Lord-Lieutenant personally. You will be advised of the outcome of your nomination as soon as possible.

If you’d like to nominate someone that you know to attend, please submit a form to the Lieutenancy Office. All nominations are reviewed by the Lord-Lieutenant in December but due to the high number of nominations, we cannot guarantee that your nomination will be successful.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are presented annually to businesses across the Country who have made outstanding progress in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development or promoting opportunity through social mobility. Previous corporate winners have come from a diverse selection of business sectors and have included large and small businesses. This award relies on the business themselves submitting an application.

The benefits of winning the award include:

  • The use of a recognised Royal Emblem that will their business noticed, above and beyond the competition
  • global recognition as an outstanding British brand
  • likely increased sales and growth (past winners have reported that the Queen’s Award helped them win new business)
  • two places for the winning companies at a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace

The winning companies will be presented with their Award by the Lord-Lieutenant on The Queen’s behalf. This gives a great opportunity not only to boost staff morale, but also to gain press coverage and celebrate together with partner local authorities, planners, supply chain and other stakeholders.

Applications for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are now closed and will reopen in Spring 2021.

All applications must be made online, and companies can apply for more than one category. All entry forms, eligibility criteria and information on how to apply is available on the Queen’s Award website.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Queen's coronation.

Nominations must be made by someone who is independent of the group, but you can make contact with the group so that they can provide information and confirm any facts and figures to support your nomination; it doesn’t matter if they know you are nominating them.

Nominations should be for a group of three or more people doing volunteering work and the group should have been running for three years or more. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.

If you would like some advice on completing a nomination form, or have any questions at all, the Lieutenancy Office are here to help. Please email or call 0116 305 6002.  

The winning groups receive a certificate signed by The Queen and a domed glass crystal, presented by the Lord-Lieutenant on behalf of Her Majesty. Two representatives from the group will also be invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Nominations for the for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2022 open 1 April 2021 and close 15 September 2021. 

100th birthday messages and diamond anniversaries

The Lord-Lieutenant welcomes the opportunity to mark these special occasions. Mr Kapur will forward specially prepared cards to residents of Leicester and Leicestershire upon request. To submit a request please email the Lieutenancy Office:

You can also request a message of congratulations from The Queen. To find out more visit the Royal website.

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