Birthday Honours List 2020


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:

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

• health

• sport

• education

• science and technology

• business and the economy

• civil or political service