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British Honours System

Managed by The Cabinet Office, the British Honours system has evolved over 650 years as the country has found alternative means of recognising merit, gallantry and service.

Honours are given to people who have made a difference to their community, from varying backgrounds in all sections of society. There are several different types of award, each one recognising a different type of contribution.

Honours lists are published twice yearly: at New Year and on the date of The Queen's official birthday in June. Anyone can nominate someone for an award. Anyone can receive an award if they reach the required standard of merit or service.

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In addition, the Gazettes archive is of great interest to historians, professional and amateur. The London Gazette dates back to 1665 and highlights include the Great Fire of London, Waterloo and Trafalgar, the first Victoria Cross, and World Wars I and II.

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Queen's Awards Supplements

The London Gazette New Year Honours List Supplement 2013

The New Year Honours list reflects and pays tribute to outstanding achievement and service across the community. This years' Honours list is dominated by London 2012 medallists including cyclist Bradley Wiggins, sailor Ben Ainslie and Paralympic wheelchair athlete David Weir....more

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The London Gazette Birthday Honours List Supplement - June 2013

The Queen's Birthday Honours List 2013 is awarded at the celebrations of Her Majesty's birthday. The Honours List pays tribute to those who have made remarkable achievements and served their communities exceptionally....more

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The London Gazette New Year Honours List Supplement 2014

The main United Kingdom, or Prime Minister's list, details the people from all walks of life awarded honours for the New Year 2014. Separate lists are also published for honours awarded in a number of dependencies and overseas territories. ...more

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