How to apply for a Queen's honour

Each county has a Lord-Lieutenant who is the local representative of Her Majesty The Queen in that county.

In Gwent, this role is undertaken by Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE.
In this video you’ll learn more about the process and how to nominate someone for a Queen’s honour such as a CBE, MBE or OBE.


The honours system recognises people who have:

  • made achievements in public life
  • committed themselves to serving and helping Britain

They’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do.

They must still be actively involved in what you’re nominating them for. The only honours which can be awarded after someone’s death are gallantry awards.

Whether someone gets an honour – and the honour they get – is decided by an honours committee. The committee’s recommendations go to the Prime Minister and then to the Queen, who awards the honour.

Brigadier Aitken was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as Lord-Lieutenant of Gwent in March 2016. Previously he was Deputy Lieutenant of Gwent and has lived in Gwent since childhood.
Following a choral scholarship to Oxford, Brigadier Aitken was commissioned in the Royal Regiment of Wales. He had a distinguished military career lasting 34 years during which time he was awarded a CBE.
He is currently the Director of Music in Hospitals Cymru/Wales, a charity that provides live music events in healthcare settings throughout Wales. He is married with 2 sons and lives near Cwmbran.