Honours, wedding anniversaries and birthdays | Oxfordshire County Council

Honours, wedding anniversaries and birthdays

How to nominate someone for an honour, or to request a royal congratulation message.

Honours

Honours

Honours are awarded by Her Majesty The Queen in June (The Birthday Honours) and at the start of each year (The New Year Honours). There are many different Honours that can be awarded including Knighthoods, Commanders of the British Empire (CBE), Officers of the British Empire (OBE), Members of the British Empire(MBE) and Medallists of the British Empire (BEM).

Many nominations are made, and the process of considering each nomination is lengthy. Sometimes the Lord-Lieutenant or one of his Deputies is asked to comment on a nomination. It usually takes at least 18 months for the process to be completed. The number of nominations far exceeds the number of Honours given.

Recipients of all Honours save the BEM are invited to Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle to receive their award. The Lord-Lieutenant presents the BEM honours.

Wedding anniversaries

You can apply to receive a congratulatory message from HM The Queen for Diamond (60th), 65th and Platinum (70th) wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter.

You will need to provide the Anniversaries Office with documentary proof of the occasion. Photos or scans of documents are acceptable, providing the relevant information is clear.

You can obtain a certified copy of the birth certificate from The General Register Office (Anniversary Section) on 0300 123 1837, or you can order one online.

Her Majesty does not send a message for Silver (25th), Ruby (40th) or Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversaries.

Birthdays

Cards from HM The Queen containing a congratulatory message can be sent to individuals celebrating their 100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter. 

You will need to provide the Anniversaries Office with documentary proof of the occasion. Photos or scans of documents are acceptable, providing the relevant information is clear.

You can obtain a certified copy of the birth certificate from The General Register Office (Anniversary Section) on 0300 123 1837, or you can order one online.

Last reviewed
17 October 2017
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