How to Address a Governor General

How to Address the Governor General of Canada?

What is the proper way to address the Governor General of Canada in a formal letter? I have him currently addressed  as:
——–His Excellency
—-—-and Right Honourable
—-—-(First Name)+(Surname)
—-—-Governor General and Commander-in-Chief
—-—-In and Over Canada
————————–– LN

Dear LN,
While there are many respectful forms, here is the formula Canadian government style guides suggest:

—-—-His/Her Excellency
—-—-The Right Honourable
—-—-(Full Name), (post nominals for decorations and honors)
—-—-Governor General of Canada

—-—-Your Excellency

– Robert Hickey

How to Address a Governor General of Australia?

How do I address the Governor General of Australia? Is he an ‘Excellency’ or a ‘Right Honorable’?
—-—-—-—-—-—-– MEH

Dear MEH:
The Governor-General of Australia is addressed as ‘His/Her Excellency’ denoting his/her rank the vice-royal representative of the monarch to a Commonwealth nation (chief-of-state when the monarch is not in Australia), in this case:

—-—-His/Her Excellency
—-—-(Full Name)
—-—-Governor General of Australia

—-In conversation:
—-—-Your Excellency

That part is straight forward.

To me (as an American), the most interesting part of the form of address is on the second line of the written address where the individual’s name appears. In the United States the office holder’s name would just be their (Full Name) … which generally is … (Given name)+(Surname) – with no honorifics or personal ranks included.

But in the tradition of the Commonwealth a name includes personal ranks, other courtesy titles, honorifics and post-nominal abbreviations for honors and decorations. In the past governor generals have had (Full Names) such as:
—-—-The Right Reverend Dr. (Full Name), AC, OBE
—-—-Brigadier General (Full Name), VC, GCMG, DC, DSO
—-—-Sir (Full Name), AC, KBE

E.g., recent Governor Generals include Dame Quentin Bryce, AD, CVO and General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retired).

In my book there’s more detail, but the above should get you through the basic envelope and conversations you will encounter.

– Robert Hickey

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