The Queen's Birthday Honours list 2020

The Queen's 2020 Birthday Honours list and a special COVID-19 Honours list have both been announced in the official newspaper of the Crown, The Gazette. View the full Birthday Honours lists here.

Birthday Honours 2020 List

Who were the 2020 Birthday Honours recipients?

The Queen’s Birthday and New Year honours lists are each published in the official newspaper of the Crown, The Gazette. Though the 2020 Birthday Honours were due to be announced in a Gazette supplement in June 2020, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they were announced in a special supplement of The Gazette on Saturday 10 October 2020.

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Following approval from Her Majesty the Queen, hundreds of people were also honoured in a special COVID-19 Birthday Honours list for their contributions tackling the virus on the frontline and in their communities. Doctors, nurses, fundraisers and volunteers were among those recognised.

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Of the 1,495 people who received an award:

  • 1,358 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level:
    •   -  537 at BEM
    •   -  561 at MBE
    •   -  260 at OBE
  • 1,069 (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 the total
  • 13% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background (previous highest was 12% in NY19)
  • 6% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010)

Where can I find all Birthday and New Year Honours lists?

As well as appearing in the supplement, all recipients will have their own separate notice entry in the Awards and accreditations section on The Gazette website.

You can see all Birthday and New Year honours supplements from 1940 to 2020, and from 1860 to 1939.

Commemorative Editions

Celebrate your honour with a commemorative edition

If you or a loved one have been honoured by the Queen or mentioned in despatches, The Gazette is available to buy as a personalised commemorative edition. Each pack contains a complete edition of The Gazette from the day the honour was published.

See also

Birthday and New Year honours supplements (1940 to 2020)

Birthday and New Year honours lists (1860 to 1939)

Everything you need to know about nominating someone for a UK honour

Publication updated: 9 October 2020

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