Each winner will receive their award from Queen Elizabeth II or her vice-regal representative, which is usually another member of the Royal Family. Celebrities that are given titles tend to get the most attention, like last year’s recipients Sir Michael Palin and Dame Lesley Lawson, better known as Twiggy.
What are the New Year Honours?
The New Year Honours is part of the British Honours system.
The honours sees new members of orders of chivalry named while other official honours are handed out.
The winners are published in the public record London Gazette each year.
The 2020 New Year Honours Gazette supplement will be published on December 27 at 10.30pm.
Some of last year’s winners: Michael Palin, Bettany Hughes, Dan Snow and Cush Jumbo
The honours have been awarded at New Year since 1890, when a list of Queen Victoria’s awards was published by the London Gazette on January 2.
A number of other Commonwealth countries also hand out awards.
Australia, an independent realm, has a separate honours system and its first honours of the year, the Australia Day Honours, coincide with Australia Day.
All citizens of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth nations can be nominated and non-citizens are eligible for honorary awards.
The Queen or her vice-regal representative will hand out the awards
The ceremony takes place at Buckingham Palace
Since 1993, members of the public have been eligible to nominate individuals.
Government agencies may also formally put forward candidates.
The Honours Committee is a group within the Government’s Cabinet Office formed to review nominations for national honours for merit, exceptional achievement or service.
Committee members research and vet nominations for national awards, including knighthoods and the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
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The most well-known honours see men knighted, women made dames, and recipients made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), OBE, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) or given a British Empire Medal (BEM).
CBE is the highest-ranking Order of the British Empire award, followed by OBE and then MBE.
Created by King George V, they are given to people to recognise a positive impact they have made in their work.
OBEs are awarded to someone for making a great impact in their line of work, MBEs are for those who make a positive impact in their line of work, while BEMs given for “meritorious” actions by civilians or military personnel.
David Beckham is evens odds to be knighted in the 2020 honours list
Last year, 1,148 people received an award with 1,018 candidates selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level, 358 at BEM, 422 at MBE and 238 at OBE.
David Beckham is even odds to be knighted in the 2020 New Year Honours list, with England manager Gareth Southgate second favourite to be made a sir at 6/1.
James Bond actor Daniel Craig is priced at 7/1, Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton at 10/1, and England cricketer James Anderson is 12/1 to be knighted.
Also at 12/1 is Oscar winner Olivia Colman and British Bake Off’s Mary Berry, who may both be made dames in the New Year.