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Frequently Asked Questions are listed in order of popularity.

Can I buy a British title?
The sale of British titles is prohibited by the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act, 1925. However, misleading advertisements for lordships of manors sometimes appear in the media and on the internet.

What is the Honors system?
British Honors are awarded on merit, for exceptional achievement or service. Most Honors are announced in one of the two annual Honors Lists – one at New Year and the other in June, on the Queen’s official birthday. The Queen chooses the recipients of Honors on the advice of the Prime Minister and other ministers, to whom recommendations are made by their departments or members of the public.

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