Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"
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?
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