Honours and Garden Party Nominations

Honours and Garden Party NominationsHonours recognise the extraordinary achievements of ordinary people, and nominations for honours are welcomed from members of the public. The Prime Minister is keen that contributions to society are acknowledged.

The numbers of honours are limited, so only those who have given exceptional service, either nationally or locally, are likely to succeed. This does not mean that the contributions of other people nominated for honours go unappreciated or unnoticed. Being invited to a Royal Garden Party is seen as such an acknowledgement. Nominations are provided by the Deputy Lieutenants and cover people from all walks of life, particularly those who contribute to public or voluntary work.

The King publishes his Honours’ List twice a year. About 1,500 awards are made each time. Lists of honours are published on the 10 Downing Street website, in the Edinburgh Gazette and in national newspapers.

2012 – New Years Honours List

2012 – Queens Birthday Honours List


OBE – Nancy Robson – Moray

MBE – John Sutherland – Moray

2013 – New Years Honours List

2013 – Queens Birthday Honours List

OBE- Henry Campbell – Moray

MBE – Pamela Rodway – Moray

MBE – Christine Hunt – Moray

MBE – Thomas Taylor – Moray

BEM – Fiona Birse – Moray

BEM – Robert Davidson – Moray

BEM – Millicent Herd – Moray

BEM – Catherine Longmore – Moray

2014 – New Years Honours List

2014 – Queens Birthday Honours List

BEM – Malcolm Collie – Moray

BEM – Anne Grant – Moray

BEM – Alistair Hardie – Moray

MBE – Jill Stewart – Moray

BEM – William and John Grant – Moray

BEM – Annie McKimmie – Moray

BEM – Pamela Ross

2015 – New Years Honours List

2015 – Queens Birthday Honours List

MBE – Mary Evans – Moray

MBE – Catherine Miller – Moray


2016 – New Years Honours List

2016 – Queens Birthday Honours List

OBE – Benjamin Goss – Moray

OBE – Dennis Malcolm – Moray

MBE – William Elliot – Moray

2017 – New Years Honours List

2017 – Queens Birthday Honours List

MBE – Kirsteen Mitcalfe – Moray

MBE – Katherine Milne – Moray

2018 – New Years Honours List

2018 – Queens Birthday Honours List


Commander of the Royal Victorian Order – Grenville Johnston – Elgin

MBE – William Hope – Moray

2019 – New Years Honours List

2019 – Queens Birthday Honours List

BEM – Andrew McCormack – Moray

MBE – Jennifer Wilson – Moray

BEM – June Herron – Moray

2020 – New Years Honours List

2020 – Queens Birthday Honours List

MBE – Marion Yool – Elgin

BEM – James Duncan – Forres

MBE – Kathleen McGrath – Elgin

BEM – Lorna Creswell – Forres

BEM – Mairi McCallum – Elgin

OBE – Richard Forsyth – Rothes

MBE – Ann Ingram – Lossiemouth

2021 – New Years Honours List

2021 – Queens Birthday Honours List

MBE – Emma Henderson – Kinloss

MBE – Ronald and Joyce Loveland – Fochabers

BEM – Mary Nelson – Kinloss


2022 – New Years Honours List

2022 – Queens Birthday Honours List

MBE – Ian Davidson – Elgin

CBE – Ian Urquhart and Michael Urquhart

MVO: Benjamin Goss OBE Miltonduff

2023 – New Years Honours List

Knight Bachelor Bill Robertson, CBE, DL
BEM Lucy Smith nee Lintott

2023 – Kings Birthday Honours List

MBE – Mary Byatt – Kellas
MBE – George Alexander – Forres
BEM – Albert Duffus – Forres
BEM – Elizabeth Tait – Lossiemouth

2024 – Kings Birthday Honours List

OBE – Roy Dennis, Dunphail
BEM – Veronica MacLean, Elgin
BEM – John Mackintosh, Elgin

5 Commemoration services for Moray Victoria Cross recipients – Lt Cmmdr Martin Dunbar-Nasmith from Rothes; Sgt John Ripley from Keith and Cpl William Anderson from Dallas, Pte George McIntosh from Buckie and Sgt Alexander Edwards from Lossiemouth.

Summer Olympics 2016 – Heather Stanning won gold and in September 2016 was awarded Freedom of Moray

January 2017 – Janis Thomson, Forres, was presented with a British Citizen’s Award

January 2019 marks 200 years anniversary of Dr Grays Hospital in Elgin.

New Year’s Honours 2019 – MBE for Lance Corporal Connor Roe for his part in the Thai Cave boys rescue. Lance Corporal Roe was formerly a pupil at Gordonstoun.

Royal Air Force New Years Honours List 2019 – MBE for Wing Commander Daniel Lunnon-Wood, RAF Lossiemouth

January 2020 – Lord-Lieutenant Grenville Johnston awarded Freedom of Moray

January 2020 – Elgin Academy Pupil, Jamie Rankin, selected to represent Great Britain at Curling in the Youth Olympic Games

Cllr George Alexander, who read the Citation, L-L, James and Margaret Duncan( his wife)

Cllr George Alexander, who read the Citation, L-L, James and Margaret Duncan( his wife)

How do I nominate someone for an Honour?

Nominations for honours are welcomed from members of the public. The Prime Minister wants his list to be representative of society as a whole – men and women from all walks of life.

You may submit a nomination at any time. Receipt of your nomination will be acknowledged within 28 days, but it is not possible to provide any further information, or progress reports, on your nomination.

Questions commonly asked about Honours

Should I tell the person that I have nominated them?
No. It is not fair to raise a nominee’s expectations in case they are disappointed.

Do I have to say what sort of honour I think is due?
No. The Honours Secretariat will determine that for you.

How long will the process take?
It will take a minimum of six months to deal with an application in readiness for the New Year or the Birthday (June) Honours Lists, and is more likely to take 12-18 months for even a strong candidate to succeed, given the high level of competition.

May I nominate someone who is no longer involved in the activity(ies) I wish to see recognised?
Yes, but generally speaking only if they ceased their involvement within the past six months (further information will be found on the official nomination form).

How will I know if my nomination is successful?
If your nominee is successful his or her name will appear in the list published in the national newspapers at the New Year or on The Queen’s Official Birthday (June).

If my nomination is not successful, may I re-nominate?
Yes, provided the person nominated is still engaged in the work which prompted you to nominate in the first place. It is suggested that you do not re-nominate until 18 months have elapsed since the original nomination was made.

Where can I get a nomination form to complete?
If you wish to nominate someone for an honour, you can obtain an Honours nomination form on the Cabinet Office website: www.gov.uk/honours

Citizenship Ceremonies

One of the duties of the Lord-Lieutenant and his Deputies is to attend Citizenship Ceremonies. These are conducted by the Registrar in the Registry Office in Elgin. Those about to be made citizens of the United Kingdom may ask the Registrar to invite a member of the Lieutenancy to attend their Ceremony’.

The Rev Dr Hamilton Inbadas, his wife Grace and daughters Felina
and Erina became Citizens of the UK in a Ceremony on the 9th March conducted
by the Registrar, Elizabeth Lambie. The Lord – Lieutenant was in attendance.
Their son Darshan was born in the UK and so was already a UK citizen.

The Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants are keen to assist with nominations and may be contacted through the Lieutenancy Office.

  • From left: Veronica Maclean MBE; John MacKintosh MBE and Roy Dennis OBE.

2024 New Years Honours List

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  • Lucy Smith New Year Honour

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