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How Do You Get A Knighthood?

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“How to get a Knighthood?” That depends!
Who are you nominating for a Knighthood? This – the KBE or DBE – is the peak of the British Honours system. The sports coach who devotes themselves to their kids? The dedicated member of a local community? The business person who creates jobs? Or maybe that deserving candidate is you.
We offer down-to-earth and realistic advice at sensible prices. Our team are experienced consultants who understand the process and can help you to put together a nomination for a Knighthood with the greatest possible chance of success.

Bayleaf Honours are also the ONLY Honours Specialists who provide “No Risk” nomination packages. We are so confident in our expertise and approach, that if you choose one of our No-Risk Services, we refund 100% of your fee if you are not successful*. Check out the product page or our Explainer Video for further information.

So, “How to get Knighted?” – Contact Bayleaf Honours, that’s why our company exists.

Or Use Our Fast Self-Assessment Tool To Check The Eligibility Of Your Nominee

We are 100% focused on Honours – we don’t work on business or export awards – we offer fully dedicated services.
Potential clients are often uncertain about our process and the order in which we do things. Well, it’s no secret – here are the steps:

The Planning Phase

  1. After placing the order, you will receive confirmation that the payment has been received (thank you!) with a link to a questionnaire.
  2. Complete our online questionnaire with a few details about the nominee. Some of these details are needed now at this early stage (eg confirming email address etc). Others are for foundational work (eg CV or profile). Some are for the online submission at the end of the process (eg date of birth, address etc.) You submit the questionnaire to us and we…
  3. Use your profile documents and start to do online research. Using that plus the documents you have given us, we put together a framework of the application. More specifically, what are the significant planks of your story around which we are going to build the nomination?
  4. Once we have a clear framework in mind, we will share that with you to get your agreement and then start the longest and most complex part of the process.

The Creation Phase

  1. Gathering supporting letters. Firstly, we will ask you for 2 or 3 names for each “plank” of the story to ensure we have good coverage and depth across the entire nomination.
  2. We approach the potential supporters gently, via email (phones make people suspicious) explaining who we are and that we are working for a client to nominate person X. Then we ask would they be willing to write a letter of support and if so, would they appreciate some guidance from us about how best to write it.
  3. On average, in a list of 10 supporters, 7 will agree, 2 don’t reply (maybe didn’t see the message, or maybe don’t want to support) and 1 will decline. (There can be several reasons for this – sometimes people don’t approve of the process, sometimes people have been declined themselves & sometimes, people just don’t think that you deserve an Honour).
  4. For those that agree, we send them some guidelines to help them write effective letters.
  5. Then we wait. And remind. And chase…and then wait some more. Finally, the letters arrive back and we check, suggest edits, and wait again.
  6. Once we have enough letters of high enough quality, we pass the letters, background information you have sent us, and online research to the writer from our team that we have selected for you. (Our writers are all broadsheet trained journalists and writers. We match your story with the writer with the experience to write your story in a compelling way.)
  7. Then – we write. The Bayleaf way. We base our writing on the planks we discuss in #5 above with the key aim of demonstrating your contribution and the results you achieved. We are NOT writing or rewriting your CV. Instead, we are writing a story to show you to your best advantage.

The Review Phase

  1.  And then – we send it to you. The two main sections of the nomination form plus all the supporters’ letters. (Most of our clients tell us that this is the best part of the process – reading the letters from friends and colleagues and seeing their accomplishments in black and white.) Then, we discuss, edit, review, discuss etc – until we are happy.
And that’s it – our twelve stages which help us build a great nomination for you to get a Knighthood or Damehood or indeed another Honour. It’s all targeted to create something compelling & memorable that hits the Government’s priorities.

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Who Is Eligible For A Knighthood?

From the UK Government Website: Of course, there are always fewer Honours than people who deserve them. Because they are rare, they should be reserved for people:
  • firstly, who have changed things especially by solid, practical achievement or outstanding service
  • or, whose work has brought distinction to British life or enhanced the UK’s reputation

How Can I Get Knighted? How Can Bayleaf Honours Help With A Knighthood Application?

We are experienced consultants. (We also have a global team who can support with recognition in, amongst others Australia, New Zealand and Canada). The team understand how to create an honest and effective case. This takes into account the factors which are important to the selection committee. After we listen to you, we will give you an honest assessment of the chances of success based on the facts that you tell us. Then if you want to proceed, we will write the application with you.
Finally, in addition to the nomination itself, we can also help the supporters that you choose to write their letters.
Experienced Writers
Realistic Assessment
Detailed Investigation
Market-Leading Pricing
Transparent Process
Compelling Application
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Experienced Writers
Realistic Assessment
Detailed Investigation
Market-Leading Pricing
Transparent Process
Compelling Application
Free Consultation
No Added Extras
Supporting Documentation

How We Work To Help You Receive A Knighthood

When the current nomination process was introduced in the 1990s, the reason was to allow members of the public to easily nominate the everyday heroes and heroines we meet in our lives. The Honours shouldn’t be reserved for the rich and elite.
So that’s how we work at Bayleaf – sensible pricing for writing great nominations. We charge fees that are significantly lower than our competitors to allow more people to nominate their loved ones and respected colleagues.

It’s a common question – “Why should we use a company like yours when the service is free? And is it ethical to pay for help?” You can read our answers at our blog post.

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What Our Clients Are Saying


“Experienced, professional and accessible. My experience with Bayleaf Honours was very enjoyable. I found the team there to be unpretentious, honest and transparent. My nomination was written in a compelling, comprehensive & timely manner. Their fees are fair and readily available. I had full access to all team members and felt my nomination was in the best hands.”

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Why Choose Bayleaf Honours For Your Knighthood Nomination?

At Bayleaf, we provide our clients with affordable expertise every day. Of course, there are other providers of nomination services who charge very differently to our simple pricing structure. We built our business with low overheads so we can charge low prices to our clients. For example, our writers work remotely so we don’t pay for office space. Also, our process works exclusively online, so nobody has to pay travel expenses.

That means that we can commit to beating any other price for a similar service – by a lot! If you have received a genuine offer from any established competitor of ours, send the offer to us and we guarantee to beat their price – by a lot!

We operate a high integrity business. So we don’t make promises about our chances of success and we don’t claim to have influence or inside knowledge of the process. Our clients receive an honest assessment of success, compelling writing & in-depth research. Nothing more, nothing less.
Finally, our business is 100% focused – we don’t allow ourselves to be distracted with business awards or other nominations. Securing recognition for you is our relentless passion.

5 Good Reasons To Use Bayleaf Honours

You may have just learned about honours writing services and that’s how you’ve stumbled onto this article. Perhaps you’re thinking of someone you’d like to nominate or you’re unclear what an honours writing service could do to help you. Here are five reasons why using an honours writing service just makes sense:

1. Identifying The Right Supporters And Helping Them Write Compelling Letters

Chances are, you know a lot of people. Some of them would be amazing resources for supporting nomination letters for an award nomination. But you’d be surprised to learn how many people just don’t know where to start when it comes to creating a prospective supporter list or helping them create a helpful supporter letter. That’s where an honours writing service can help. You’ll receive guidance around whom to approach and they’ll get support writing a great nomination letter; one of the many requirements for a Royal Honour.

2. Follow-Up And Persistence During The Process

Have you ever started a task, but when it seemed no one else was keen on it, you just let it fizzle out? Securing your honours award nomination shouldn’t be like that. When you work with an honours writing service, they will not only advise and guide your application process but they’ll chase for any outstanding information from your nominee and supporters with a dogged determination. And that’s going to be critical as the process can take a long time and you’ll not want to lose steam nearing the finish line when you’ve invested so much time already.

3. Effective Writing With A Laser Focus

Perhaps you’re a competent writer yourself. You may be thinking, what can an honours preparation service do for me that I couldn’t manage on my own? Well, you’d be surprised how valuable experience with writing hundreds of nominations actually is. There’s a certain flow to a good nomination. You’ll need to hit key points and maintain your focus with supporting information over a long, often 6+ page document. And that’s hard for any writer to do, even a professional one. A keen eye for edits and an understanding of what the reviewing committee is looking for goes a long way.

4. Eliminating The Admin And Risk-Of-Error

The awards nomination process for a Royal Honour can be a long and tedious one. There are multiple moving parts and a fair few documentation requirements to meet before a nomination is considered. So there is a lot that could go wrong for the inexperienced. The admin and detail of submitting a nomination could take over your life if you’re going at it alone. That’s why many people choose to work with an expert team like Bayleaf Honours. That external support is critical to minimise your time investment and reduce errors in your honours nomination submission.

5. Being Discreet Throughout

Outside of your designated supporter list, you might not want the world to know you’re attempting to nominate for or be awarded, a Royal Honour. There are many reasons for this and when you work with an established honours writing service, they’ll always respect your need for privacy throughout the process. You may also be sharing sensitive information about yourself, your career or your medical history as part of the nomination process. Understandably, those things are all kept in the strictest of confidence at all times. When you contract a team like Bayleaf Honours, your privacy is a top priority.

So you see? While no one can guarantee you’ll be awarded an honour, there are lots of compelling reasons to retain an honours writing team for your nomination. If you’d like to discuss further what Bayleaf Honours can do to support you and how to get an MBE or other Honour, reach out to our helpful team here.

How Do You Nominate Someone For A Knighthood?

You can nominate anyone who has made a difference to British society for a Knighthood. If they identify as female, they could be awarded the title of ‘Dame’. If they identify as male, they could be awarded the title of ‘Sir’. They could live here or in another country, but for a Knighthood, they need to be British to add the honorific prefix.
When preparing your nomination, you’ll want to provide any evidence of their achievements like photos, letters or article clippings. You’ll also want to include at least two testimonials from people who know them and are familiar with the work they’re doing. The goal of any nomination is to show the impact your nominee has had and the obstacles they’ve overcome to go the extra mile improving life for people in their local community, the nation or the world.

Who Should You Nominate For A Knighthood?

You can nominate anyone doing impactful work in their profession, for charity or in the sciences for a knighthood. They need to be British (or a British resident) to receive the full award with the titles of ‘Dame’ or ‘Sir’. If they’re not British, then they will get an honorary award. You can’t tell the person that you’ve nominated them. In fact, even under GDPR, it’s one of the few instances where you don’t need to inform someone you’re processing personal information about them. But it’s important that they’re still doing the work you’re nominating them for.

What Do You Need To Nominate Someone For A Knighthood?

First, you’ll need to fill out a nomination form.

You should include as much information as you can about what they’re doing to help improve life in the UK. And if that means you include extra sheets of paper, that’s fine. You’ll also need at least two letters of support from trustworthy people who agree with your nomination and know the nominee personally. Then, once you send your form in, you can always add more info to it later.

Can You Get Help Nominating Someone For A Knighthood?

The government can offer you a small amount of support with your Knighthood nomination. If you have questions about your form, you can call 020 7276 2777 for assistance or you can look at their website. But if you want support with writing or preparing the documentation for your nomination, then you need our help.

What Are The Benefits Of A Knighthood?

Getting a Knighthood gives the recipient global recognition for their outstanding service. It’s good for the country and our profile in the world. And it will improve their standing and profile within British society. If you’re British, they will get the ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’ title that’s so richly coveted worldwide. But even if they are not a citizen, they can benefit from a globally-recognised honour and a few lesser-known perks.
You probably don’t know that anyone with any MBE or better can be baptised, get married or have their children’s weddings in St Paul’s Cathedral in a bespoke chapel. It’s called the Chapel of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or St. Faith’s Chapel and is often used for these purposes.

What Can You Do With A Knighthood?

Since a Knighthood is a completely earned title and no one can be born a Knight, it confers a fair amount of prestige and legitimacy. Often, this further raises the profile of the person knighted for the work they were already doing – helping them to raise money and make more of an impact. British citizens can also affix the title ‘Dame’ or ‘Sir’ to their name, a tangible benefit. A non-UK citizen can add the suffix KBE. Interesting to note, if the non-UK citizen gains British citizenship at any point, they could then begin using the full title of ‘Dame’ or ‘Sir’.

Where Are Knighthoods Published?

All awards are published in The Gazette twice a year on the Queen’s official birthday and on New Year’s Day. They detail who has received the award, when it was awarded, what type of award they received and for what reason it was conferred. It may contain further detail about the recipient’s job title or where they are located if it is relevant to the award.

Fun Facts About Honours

Twice a year we hear debate about the Royal Honours – both in terms of the recipients chosen and the reasons that some people reject their award. But how much do you really know? What are the rules? And who turned their award down?


It is perhaps the origin of the Queen’s Honours Awards that divide the masses. While some embrace the tradition and all is stands, others cannot bring themselves to participate in a ceremony that harks back to the British Empire.

So Where And Why Did It Start?

Well, back in 1348, Edward III created the highest English order of chivalry, the Most Noble Order of the Garter. As the role of Government evolved in the eighteenth century, the Cabinet took over the role of selecting honours recipients and from there, the awards became something for broader society, looking beyond aristocracy and high ranking military figures.

Rarely Granted Awards

The Royal Victorian Order comprises several honours that are rare perhaps because of the way they are given. These awards, unlike others, are at the sole discretion of the Queen, and it is perhaps for this reason that Prince Philip has been decorated with so many of them!

Do You Have To Be A British National To Win?

Actually, no. The Foreign Office can recommend an award go to a foreigner who has made a significant impact. These are called Honorary Awards and a full list of the 2019 honorary awards can be found at

Controversial Awards

Perhaps one of the most controversial awards to date has to be that of the Knighthood of Iain Duncan Smith. Many argued that he was receiving the honour for being ‘Mr Universal Credit’ – a system which many claim led to poverty and distress for many.

Who Was Stripped Of Their Honour?

Perhaps the most recent and high-profile case was that of Rolf Harris, who was stripped of his CBE following his conviction of numerous counts of indecent assault. But there are many more, including a double agent, an alleged blackmailer and a corrupt businessman.

And Finally, Just For Fun, We Look At The Weird Things People Have Worn To Their Honours Ceremony

Even the Queen herself has made headlines for her choice of clothes at an investiture. In March 2020, due to public health fears amid the Coronavirus outbreak, the Queen made news for, unusually, wearing long white gloves to pin the medals to the recipients.

But there has been a truly colourful fashion parade at previous ceremonies.

From devil’s horns to no knickers – and we’re talking about just one person here. The Queen of punk fashion, Vivienne Westwood, made the news when she collected her OBE in 1992 and giving a rather revealing twirl in her dress. Although stating that she was once again knicker-less when she was made a Dame years later, it was perhaps her silver devil’s horns that made the headlines along with her fashionable nod to Che Guevara. But even though Dame Vivienne is perhaps the most controversial, many celebrities have been snapped in gorgeous or unusual creations. There’s a great photo gallery here – but can you guess which British celebrity arrived in her trainers?

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