How to Address Russian Aristocracy?
I hold a number of inherited noble titles, the highest of which being the title of Count of the Russian Empire. These titles are still internationally recognised even though The Russian Empire is no longer in existence.
I am a UK citizen, born in the UK, and lived here for most of my life. I actively use my title and have had it recognised in a number of different formats by UK government agency’s, however there is always some confusion as to the manner in which I should be addressed within the UK. My primary title carries the styling of His Illustrious Highness (HILLH) but as I am sure you can guess this can cause some confusion.
I was wondering if there is any formal style and manner of address for nobles within the UK who hold foreign titles, such as Count. Ideally anything specifically related to The Russian Empire.
If you do know of any such styling then I would be very grateful to hear from you.
——————— HILLH the Count Nicholas Chernoff, BSc (Hons), FdSce
The point of view of this site – and my book – is the current, official use of names, titles and forms of address. So if a title is from a current hierarchy, I’d cover it. If it’s from a hierarchy that no longer exists – I don’t include it.
That doesn’t mean the latter group isn’t important and fascinating. They are. But I just don’t keep track of them.
Here are some reactions:
—-#1) If you are a Count, then using the British forms of address for a Earl make sense. People in the U.K. will be familiar with those. His Illustrious Highness isn’t a courtesy title used in the British nobility. From my experience, rightly or wrongly, everyone uses the British forms when addressing nobility from all over the world when the common language is English.
—-#2) Guests are addressed in the style appropriate for their participation. At a meeting of Russian aristocracy the Russian titles are pertinent. At your day job –– they likely are not. We have more than one persona, and each has a different name. We just need to present the correct version for the situation. You are probably at different times:
——–HILLH the Count …..
Direct others how they should address you and generally they will follow your preference. Just keep it at the right level of formality to match the moment.