On Wednesday, the Government revealed that The Queen’s Birthday Honours List will be delayed until the Autumn to allow a “raft of Coronavirus heroes” to be recognised. The list was due to be published in June and the news of it’s delay comes just hours after it was revealed that Captain Tom Moore was to be knighted.
The Birthday Honours List was compiled before the Coronavirus pandemic however Government Ministers believe it is appropriate to delay them to include those who have battled on the COVID-19 frontline.
The announcement was made by Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, at the daily Downing Street briefing on Wednesday. It was also announced that the Government would match the funding raised by the BBC’s Big Night In to the tune of £70 million. Prince William appeared in a sketch with Stephen Fry as part of the Big Night In.
The Birthday Honours are released to mark the official birthday of Her Majesty The Queen in June. Honours are also awarded at New Year and these are known as the New Years Honours. Recipients of the 2020 New Years Honours List included Membership of the Order of the Companions of Honour for Sir Elton John, Knighthood for Iain Duncan Smith and MBE’s for Nadiya Hussain and Joe Root.
The Birthday Honours are not usually issues on occasions when they coincide with a Monarch’s Coronation, most recently for Her Majesty’s Coronation in 1953 though before that in 1937 and 1911 when King George VI and King George V were crowned respectively.