Arise Sir Ben Stokes!

Prime Minister’s resignation honours list tend to be controversial mainly for cronyism and awarding party donors and civil servants for doing their job, and Theresa May‘s list was received in the same vein. While her list was criticised in the press for its politics, after England won the Cricket World Cup in July, masters of the game featured strongly in this ex-prime minister’s honours list.

Knighthoods were awarded to cricketers Geoffrey Boycott and Andrew Strauss for services to sport.

Fans are also calling for Ben Stokes, the hero of the Cricket World Cup, to be knighted. They are already calling him ‘Sir Ben’ but whether that will happen soon is debateable.

It’s not just sporting heroes and heroines that get honours. In the Queen’s honours lists published twice a year, the majority are awarded for community work. If you know someone who is exceptional who has made a major contribution to their community and wish to nominate them, it’s always best to get help from the experts. Awards Intelligence’s team of consultants are the UK’s leading experts at writing nominations – after all that’s all they do.

Prime minister’s honours lists are completely different to the Queen’s New Year and Birthday honour lists in that PMs can honour whom they wish and they tend to award people who have been helpful to them in office and they can award honours and peerages. Whereas the Queen’s Honours system is open to anyone from any background who lives in the UK or overseas. You also don’t have to be British to get an honour.

Although celebrities and sporting legends always make the headlines, around three-quarters of Queen’s Honours Awards go to those who have undertaken voluntary or paid work in the community.

It’s ordinary, hard working people who have gone out of their way to improve life for others that bring home the gongs.