Forms of Address

General examples of addressing or referring in speech to titled and official persons

Title How referred to Salutation in correspondence

How addressed

The Queen Her Majesty The Queen Your Majesty First and last meeting each day – “Your Majesty” otherwise “Ma’am”
A Royal Duke His Royal Highness The Duke of ……….. Your Royal Highness First and last meeting each day - “Your Royal Highness” otherwise “Sir”
A Prince His Royal Highness (The) Prince……… Your Royal Highness First and last meeting each day - “Your Royal Highness” otherwise “Sir”
A Princess Her Royal Highness (The) Princess ..……… Your Royal Highness First and last meeting each day “Your Royal Highness” otherwise “Ma’am”
Governor-General His/Her Excellency the Governor-General or His/Her Excellency Sir………. or Mr/Mrs ……………. Your Excellency First and last meeting each day “Your Excellency” otherwise “Sir” or "Ma'am"
Wife of Governor-General Her Excellency Lady…… or Mrs …………….. Your Excellency First and last meeting each day “Your Excellency” otherwise “Ma’am”
Governor of State

His/Her Excellency The Governor   or His/Her Excellency Sir/Mr/Mrs…

Your Excellency First and last meeting each day “Your Excellency” otherwise “Sir” or “Ma’am”

 

On presentation to the persons listed above it is customary for gentlemen to bow and for ladies to curtsey. Note that the pronunciation of “Ma’am” rhymes with “Pam” and NOT “Palm”

 

Wife of State Governor

Private Title Lady…… or Mrs……….

Dear Lady………. or Mrs…………….

No title as wife of Governor, and not “Your Excellency”. Use private title only.

Duke

The Duke of ……………

My Lord Duke

“Your Grace”

Duchess

The Duchess of …………

Dear Duchess

“Your Grace”

Marquess

The Marquess of…………

Dear Lord ………………..

Lord ………………

Marchioness

The Marchioness of ……..

Dear Lady ………………..

Lady ………………

Earl

The Earl of ……………….

Dear Lord ………………..

Lord ………………

Countess

The Countess of …………

Dear Lady ………………..

Lady ………………

Viscount

The Viscount …………….

Dear Lord ………………...

Lord ………………

Viscountess

The Viscountess of ……...

Dear Lady ………………..

Lady ………………

Baron

Lord ………………….

Dear Lord ………………..

Lord ……………….

Baroness

Lady …………………

Dear Lady ……………….

Lady ……………….

Baronet

Sir John Brown

Dear Sir John

Sir John or “Sir”

Wife of Baronet

Lady Brown

Dear Lady Brown

Lady Brown

Knight

Sir Frederick Brown

Dear Sir Frederick

Sir Frederick or “Sir”

Wife of Knight

Lady Brown

Dear Lady Brown

Lady Brown

Prime Minister

The Honourable the Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister

Prime Minister or “Sir” or “Mr./Mrs./Ms…...”

Premier of State

The Honourable the Premier

Dear Premier

Premier or “Sir” or “Mr./Mrs./Ms…….”

Minister of the Crown Federal or State

The Honourable the Minister for …………..

Dear Minister

Minister or “Sir” or “Mr./Mrs./Ms…….”

Judge of the High or Supreme Court

The Honourable (Mr.) Justice ……………..

Dear Justice

“Your Honour” or “Sir” or “Judge …………..”

Judge of the Industrial Relations Commission

The Honourable (Mr.) Justice ……………..

Dear Judge

“Your Honour” or “Sir” or “Judge …………..”

Judge of the County Court

His/Her Honour Judge

Dear Judge

“Your Honour” or “Judge ………….”

Ambassador

His/Her Excellency the Ambassador of ………

Your Excellency

“Your Excellency”, “Mr./Madam Ambassador” or “Sir” or “Mrs./Ms.”

High Commissioner

His/Her Excellency the High Commissioner for …………

Your Excellency

“Your Excellency”, “Mr./Madam High Commissioner” or “Sir” or “Mrs./Ms.”

Career Consuls-General

The Consul-General of …..

Dear Consul-General

“Consul-General” or “Sir” or “Mrs./Ms.”

Honorary Consuls-General

The Consul-General of …..

Dear Consul-General

“Consul-General” or “Sir” or “Mrs./Ms.”

Career Consuls

The Consul of …………..

Dear Consul

“Consul” or “Sir” or “Mrs./Ms.”

Honorary Consuls

The Consul of …………..

Dear Consul

“Consul” or “Sir” or “Mrs./Ms.”

Archbishop

Church of England

The Most Reverend the Archbishop of Melbourne

Roman Catholic

The Most Reverend the Archbishop of Melbourne

 

Dear Archbishop

 

My Lord Archbishop

 

“Your Grace”

 

“Your Grace”

Bishop

Church of England

The Right Reverend the Bishop of ……………

Roman Catholic

The Most Reverend ……………………

 

Dear Bishop

 

 My Lord

 

 “Bishop…………”

 

 “My Lord”

Dean

Church of England

The Very Reverend the Dean of ……………..

 

Dear Dean

 

 “Dean Jones” or “Dean”

Lord Mayor

The Right Honourable

The Lord Mayor of ……………………

Dear Lord Mayor

“Lord Mayor”

Wife of Lord Mayor

The Lady Mayoress of …………………….

Dear Lady Mayoress

“Lady Mayoress”

Mayor, if a man

The Mayor of …………….

Dear Mr. Mayor

“Mr. Mayor” or “Sir”

Wife of Mayor

The Lady Mayoress of ……..

Dear Lady Mayoress

“Mayoress” or “Mrs. Smith”

Mayor, if a woman

The Mayoress

Dear Madam Mayoress

“Madam Mayor”

Husband of a Mayor

Mr ……………………..

Dear Mr ……………….

“Mr ………………..”

Municipal Councillor

Councillor ……………….

Dear Councillor

“Councillor Jones”


Last updated on Wednesday, 29 August 2012