How to Address a Baron or Baroness

Baron or Baroness

—-Envelope, official:
—-—-The Right Hon.
——–Lord (Complete Name)       See note #2

——–The Right Hon.
——–Lady (Complete Name)       See note #2

——–The Right Hon.
——–Lord and Lady (Complete Name)          See note #2

—-Letter salutation:    See notes #1 & #2
——–Dear Lord (Name):
——–Dear Lady (Name):
——–Dear Lord and Lady (Name):

—-#1) ‘Baron’ and ‘baroness’ are not traditionally used in direct address with hereditary peers. However, as a contemporary practice, a baroness is addressed in conversation or in a salutation as ‘Baroness (Name)’.

—-#2) With baronies with a compound name – (name one) of/and (name two) – use ‘name one’ when (Name) is specified.  Use the ‘compound name’ when the (Complete Name) is specified. The given name of the titled person in never used in formal address.

– Robert Hickey           How to Address a Baron or Baroness

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How to Address a Baroness who is Also a Dame?

I am looking to contact a Baroness who has just been made a Dame (DBE).  Specifically – how to write her name in the address block and the salutation in an email.

Which title should I use? Which one takes precedence? Do I use both titles?  If so what order?
———–— LAT

Dear LAT,

The British style guides state that those who have a title – are addressed by their title in every instance.  E.g., Being a baroness outranks being an Army General, Navy Admiral, Doctor, Professor or Dame. So, address her in the style of a Baroness.

———-The Right Hon.
———-Lady (Name of barony)  *

* See the note #2 above regarding how names of baronies are structured.

Style guides also suggest a contemporary practice of addressing a baroness as Baroness (Name) orally …. So use that form in the salutation.

— Robert Hickey

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—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

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