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How to Address an Consul or Consul General:
Diplomat at a Consulate or General Consulate

How to Introduce a Consul General?
     How does one introduce a consul general (Consul General of India - in Durban, South Africa), when acknowledging him in the audience?

   
           -- GC in South Africa

     I guess there is some disparity in the way consuls, consuls general and honorary consuls are addressed and it seems like it depends on the country? Take a look at the Foreign Consular Offices Directory published by the U.S. Dept of State: See how some consular officers are listed as His/Her Excellency.
   
           -- Jeff

Dear GC & Jeff:
      GC in South Africa, I include all the forms of consuls and consuls general in my chapter in my book on Diplomats and International Officials. Consuls general are simply Mr./Mrs./Ms./Dr.  .... whatever honorific they are entitled to personally.
    They are not The Honorable, The Honourable or Your Excellency based on being a consular officer.
    To introduce him, say something as simple as ....
   
          Tonight we welcome our special guest, William Smith,
                        The Consul General of India here in Durban

  
          Tonight we welcome our special guest,
                        The Consul General of India, Mr. Smith

      Jeff, regarding the Foreign Consular Offices Directory
      Look at Antigua & Barbuda -- The consul general in the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) is Her Excellency Deborah Mae Lovell.  She is a consul general, but she is an H.E. because she is the currently accredited ambassador of the country.  She is both.  All the "H.E." consuls and consul generals on the list are the same situation.
     If a person is only a consul general, consul or honorary consul -- they are addressed as private citizens .... Mr./Mrs./Ms./etc.
  
            -- Robert Hickey

How to Address an Invitation to a Consul General?
        I believe the correct way to address an envelope to the Consul General of Japan in Denver is:
                 Consul General Ikuhiko Ono
                 Consul General of Japan in Denver, USA
                 Street Address
                 Denver, CO ZIP

         The invitation to the Consul General in his official capacity and not a social invitation, so I think I need to reference his title on the envelope, take-in card, and place card.  There are 12+ Consulate General of Japan in various cities in the US, so I think I should specify the city. Right?  

       -- Jane N.

Dear Jane N.,
        This a better form I show in my book in the chapter on addressing diplomats:

 
              Mr. Ikuhiko Ono
                Consul General of Japan
                Street Address
               
Denver, CO ZIP
        Consul General is not used as an honorific in conversation or in writing. Address a consul general as Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. -- whatever honorific to which he or she is personally entitled. Among diplomats, only ambassadors have a special form of address.
       Regarding including the city .... you only need to specify on the invitation's envelope that he is the Consul General of Japan to Denver if you are not including his name -- and there are two Consul Generals at the mailing address to which the invitation is being sent -- and to Denver would clarify for whom the invitation is intended.
       You only need to specify he is from
Consul General of Japan to Denver on a take-in card or place card if you are not including his name -- and you are having more than one Consul General from Japan at the event -- and to Denver would clarify for whom the take-in card or place card is intended.
        -- Robert Hickey

How to Address an Honorary Consul in Conversation?
       How do I address in a phone conversation an Honorary Consul of Denmark?

            -- Suzanne H.

Dear Suzanne H.:
       All consuls ... full time or honorary ... are addressed as Mr./Mrs./Ms./Dr. (name) .... whatever honorific to which they are normally entitled.
       An ambassador is the only diplomat that gets a special honorific or courtesy title.

       -- Robert Hickey

How to Address a Former Foreign Ambassador
Who Is a Now a Consul General?


       We have the Consul General of Brazil coming for a visit early next month.  While he is currently the Consul General of Brazil in Atlanta, he served as an Brazilian ambassador earlier in his career and retains that title.  How should he be addressed:  His Excellency (Name), Ambassador (Name) or The Honorable (Name)?
     I know he retains the title "Ambassador", but I want to ensure we are using correct form of address.
         -- Fuller Wilson

Dear Mr. Wilson,

       Former ambassadors continue to be addressed as Ambassador (Name).
       List him on the program as Ambassador (Name), Consul General of the Federative Republic of Brazil ... etc.
       Only the currently accredited ambassador from Brazil to the US is addressed as Your Excellency.
              -- Robert Hickey


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