Each year, The Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.
In total 1,495 people have received an award this year, including:
- 26 from Cheshire
- 16 from Staffordshire
- 17 from Derbyshire
- 8 from Shropshire
- 24 from Buckinghamshire
- 18 from Bedfordshire
- 21 from Hertfordshire
1,358 candidates have been selected nationally at BEM, MBE and OBE level:
- 537 at BEM (Medal of the Order of the British Empire)
- 561 at MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire)
- 260 at OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)
Out of the total, 72% of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity.
740 women are recognised in the list, representing 49% of this year’s honours.
13% of the successful candidates come from a BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) background.
6% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010).
What people get honours for…
People get honours for achievements such as:
• making a difference to their community or field of work
• enhancing Britain’s reputation
• long-term voluntary service
• innovation and entrepreneurship
• changing things, with an emphasis on achievement
• improving life for people less able to help themselves
• displaying moral courage
Honours are given to people involved in fields including:
• community, voluntary and local services
• arts and media
• science and technology
• business and the economy
• civil or political service