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The prefix The Most Honourable is a title of quality attached to the names of marquess
Marquess
A marquess or marquis is a nobleman of hereditary rank in various European peerages and in those of some of their former colonies. The term is also used to translate equivalent oriental styles, as in imperial China, Japan, and Vietnam...

es in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

. Dukes are The Most Noble
The Most Noble
The Most Noble is a shorter more informal form of the following:#The Most Noble Order of the Garter, United Kingdom's oldest and highest order#The Most High, Noble and Potent Prince a form of address for Dukes in the United Kingdom...

or His Grace and peers under the rank of marquess are The Right Honourable
The Right Honourable
The Right Honourable is an honorific prefix that is traditionally applied to certain people in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Anglophone Caribbean and other Commonwealth Realms, and occasionally elsewhere...

. Scottish Feudal Barons and Lairds are The Much Honoured
The Much Honoured
The Much Honoured is an honorific prefix that is given to Scottish feudal Barons and Lairds in the United Kingdom.-Entitlement:...

.

Certain corporate entities also enjoy the prefix, e.g. "Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council
Privy council
A privy council is a body that advises the head of state of a nation, typically, but not always, in the context of a monarchic government. The word "privy" means "private" or "secret"; thus, a privy council was originally a committee of the monarch's closest advisors to give confidential advice on...

".

Governors-General of Jamaica
Governor-General of Jamaica
The Governor-General of Jamaica represents the Jamaican monarch, and head of state, who holds the title of King or Queen of Jamaica ....

, as well as their wives, on receipt of the Order of the Nation
Order of the Nation
The Order of the Nation is a Jamaican honour. It is a part of the Jamaican honours system and was instituted in 1973 as the second highest honour in the country–the Order of National Hero being the highest....

, are also entitled to be so styled.
Past, present and future Prime Ministers of Jamaica
Prime Minister of Jamaica
The Prime Minister of Jamaica is Jamaica's head of government, currently Andrew Holness. Andrew Holness was elected as the new leader of the governing Jamaica Labour Party and succeeded Bruce Golding to become Jamaica's ninth Prime Minister on 23 October 2011...

 and their wives are also styled upon the Prime Minister's receipt of the Order of the Nation which is given only to Governors-General and Prime Ministers.

See also

  • Forms of Address in the United Kingdom
    Forms of Address in the United Kingdom
    Forms of address used in the United Kingdom are given below.Several terms have been abbreviated in the table below. The forms used in the table are given first, followed by alternative acceptable abbreviations in parentheses.-Abbreviations:*His/Her Majesty: HM...

  • The Honourable
    The Honourable
    The prefix The Honourable or The Honorable is a style used before the names of certain classes of persons. It is considered an honorific styling.-International diplomacy:...

  • The Right Honourable
    The Right Honourable
    The Right Honourable is an honorific prefix that is traditionally applied to certain people in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Anglophone Caribbean and other Commonwealth Realms, and occasionally elsewhere...

  • The Most Noble
    The Most Noble
    The Most Noble is a shorter more informal form of the following:#The Most Noble Order of the Garter, United Kingdom's oldest and highest order#The Most High, Noble and Potent Prince a form of address for Dukes in the United Kingdom...

  • The Much Honoured
    The Much Honoured
    The Much Honoured is an honorific prefix that is given to Scottish feudal Barons and Lairds in the United Kingdom.-Entitlement:...

  • Style (manner of address)
    Style (manner of address)
    A style of office, or honorific, is a legal, official, or recognized title. A style, by tradition or law, precedes a reference to a person who holds a post or political office, and is sometimes used to refer to the office itself. An honorific can also be awarded to an individual in a personal...

  • Use of courtesy titles and honorifics in professional writing
    Use of courtesy titles and honorifics in professional writing
    The use of honorifics and styles differs greatly among publications in both journalism and academia. The differences are based on tradition, practical concerns , and cultural norms...