Honorary titles or awards are given to people out of respect.

There's a big difference between a regular Ph.D. and an honorary Ph.D. To get the regular one, you have to go to school for many years. On the other hand, an honorary Ph.D. is given to a respected or beloved person who didn’t go through the program. An honorary position in a government may sound fancy, but it carries no power or responsibilities (and is usually unpaid). In many ways, it’s not a real position. Honorary things are just titles.

Definitions of honorary
  1. adjective
    given as an honor without the normal duties
    “an honorary degree”
    not gained by merit or labor or service
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