By convention the Bailiff of Guernsey holds a Reception at 11:00am on New Year's Day morning, unless New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, in which case, the Reception is held on the morning of Monday 2nd January.
The Reception is attended by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor. At noon, His Excellency proposes the Loyal Toast and then refers to the recipients of any Islanders who have received a national honour in the New Years Day Honours List. His Excellency proposes a toast in their honour.
The Reception lasts for approximately an hour and may be attended by any Islander. No prior invitation is necessary. It is also attended by members of the judiciary, including the Jurats, who wish to pay their respects to the Bailiff and His Excellency.
Attendees are expected on arrival to present to the Secretary of the Bailiff a visiting card or equivalent. Typically, approximately 130 to 150 Islanders attend.