How to Address a US Ambassador to the UK

How to Address a US Ambassador to the UK?

Is it still correct to introduce the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom as the ‘U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s‘?
—–—–—–– GW in CA

Dear GW,
St. James’s Palace is the official residence of the British monarch. It is where ambassadors present their credentials.  Referring to the Ambassador to the United Kingdom as the Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s is traditional and correct.
—–The Ambassador of the United States of America to the Court of St. James’s

But there is often more than one correct form of address. It is also correct to refer to the U.S. ambassador to the U.K. using the standard formula for any currently accredited ambassador:

The Standard Formula:
—–The Ambassador of the (Official Name of Country) to the (Official Name of Country)

Which Looks Like:
—–The Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Being someone who aspires to consistency, with this formula I can write the name of every ambassador from any country to any country correctly and consistently. U.S. ambassadors are also addressed by U.S. citizens as ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’. For that form follow the link ‘Ambassador-US, by a US citizen’.

If this sort of thing comes up often, my book has more information.

– Robert Hickey     How to Address a US Ambassador to the UK

—–Forms of Address for Ambassadors:
—–—–U.S. Ambassador by a U.S. Citizen
—–—–U.S. Career Ambassador Retired
—–—–U.S. Ambassador, Retired Foreign Service
—–—–U.S. Ambassador, former, political appointee
—–—–U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
—–—–Goodwill Ambassador
—–—–Foreign Ambassador
—–Related Diplomats:—Attaché
—–—–Chargé d’Affaires
—–—–Consul General
—–—–Consul Honorary
—–—–Deputy Chief of Mission
—–—–First Secretary
—–—–Second Secretary
—–—–Third Secretary


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