Chargé d’Affaires

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For all, address as Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Name) and identify by (office).’

—-Envelope:
—-—-Mr./Ms. (Full Name)
—-—-(Office Held/Rank)
—-—-(Address)

—-Salutation:
—-—-Dear Mr./Ms. (Surname):

—-—-—-Which looks like:
—————-Ms. Boosara Kanchanala
—————-Chargé d’Affaires, a.i.
—————-Royal Thai Embassy
————
—-1234 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
—————-Washington, DC 56789

—————-Dear Mr./Ms. Kanchanala:

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

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 …
—–—–(Address)

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

—–Salutation:
—–—–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname)

– Robert Hickey   How to Address a Chargé d’Affaires

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#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)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or 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, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"