Knighthood1 is a personal dignity conferred for life. It is not of a particular kingdom, like a peerage or a baronetcy, but is a dignity recognised in every part of the Sovereign's dominions2.
An individual of the male sex3 is now legally entitled to use the prefix 'Sir' and to rank before untitled persons once the Sovereign's intention to confer the honour of knighthood has been officially published
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