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courtesy title

title used by the community to identify a member of a professional group, e.g. Doctor; not titles legally bestowed by organizations and institutions with legal authority to do so.
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When the couple married in June 1999, they agreed with the Queen that any children would not be styled HRH but would have courtesy titles as sons or daughters of an earl.
In June 1999, the Queen decided - with the agreement of Edward and Sophie - that any children they might have would not be styled 'HRH' but would have courtesy titles as sons or daughters of an Earl.
In June 1999, the Queen decided - with the agreement of Edward and Sophie - that any children they might have would not be styled ``HRH'' but would have courtesy titles as sons or daughters of an Earl.
The spokesman added: "The Queen has also decided, with the agreement of Prince Edward and Miss Rhys-Jones, that any children they might have should not be given the style of His or Her Royal Highness but they will have courtesy titles as sons or daughters of an earl.