Chargé d’Affaires

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For all, address as Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Name) and identify by (office).’
—-—-Mr./Ms. (Full Name)
—-—-(Office Held/Rank)

—-—-Dear Mr./Ms. (Surname)

How to Address a Chargé d’Affaires

On an invitation to a chargé d’affaires of an Embassy, is it proper to use the word HONORABLE before his/her name? Thank you.
——————-– Laura

Dear Laura:
—–#1) Among appointed U.S. officials only those appointed by The President (POTUS) and individually approved by the Senate are addressed as ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’. At a U.S. Embassy – only the Ambassador is at that level. At an American Embassy the chargé d’affaires is called a deputy chief of mission. Address a deputy chief of mission as Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name)’and identify as the Deputy Chief of Mission.

—–#2) If you are addressing a chargé d’affaires at a foreign embassy, they aren’t addressed as the Honorable (Full Name) either. Foreign chargés d’affaires are not addressed as Your Excellency: they are Mr./Ms.

—–Official envelope:
—–—–Mr./Ms. (Full Name)
—–—–Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of …

—–Social envelope:
—–—–Mr./Ms. (Full Name)

—–—–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name)

– Robert Hickey   How to Address a Chargé d’Affaires

—–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


Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#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.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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