Today, in the UK and in certain Commonwealthrealmsand in the Philippines, a number of men are entitled to the prefix of ‘Sir’, includingknights bachelor, knights of theorders of chivalryandbaronets. The dignity of knighthood carries the prefix of ‘Sir’, but unlike a baronetcy it is only held for life. Although in the UK foreign nationals can be awarded these honours, they are explicitly excluded using the prefix. Instead they use the associatedpost-nominal letters. British nationals who have been awarded an honour by another country including countries of which the Queen is head of state, other members of the commonwealth and by all other foreign countries may not use any associated title, that the award might bestow, in the United Kingdom.
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