How Do I Address a Knight or Dame?
Both men and women are knighted: Men are adddressed as Sir (Name); Women are Dame (Name). How Do I Address a Dame?
Wives of knights are addressed as Lady (surname). Husbands of knights receive none of the courtesies of the wife’s honour. Peers who are knighted continue to use their hereditary title, and add the post-nominal initials of the order.
—If you are sending an invitation, write his name as:
——Sir (Full Name), (initials of the order, honors, decorations)
——(Address) How Do I Address a Dame?
——Dame (full name), (initials of the order)
———Which looks like:
————Sir Elton Hercules John CH CBE
————Dame Julie Andrews DBE
—-If you are speaking to the knight, call him in conversation:
——–Sir (first name)
——–Dame (first name)
Confirm the correct post-nominals (the initials of the order) when you get his or her name. In a formal introduction you will need to say the name of the order, so you will need to know that the intials mean. If you are uncertain of what the initials mean – ask your someone on their staff, or – as a last resort – do an internet search.
—-— Robert Hickey How to address a Dame