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.
Civilian gallantry awards recognise bravery by people who have attempted to or saved the life of a British citizen who isn’t a family member or close friend. Nominations are judged on:
- degree of risk
- how aware the nominee was of the danger
Whether someone gets an honour – and the honour they get – is decided by an honours committee. The committee’s decisions go to the Prime Minister and then to the Queen, who awards the honour.
Find the full list from the 2017 Honours list: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/birthday-honours-lists-2017