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Victorian Etiquette - Manner of Address

Equally essential to the etiquette of writing letters is the manner of address which is also affected by the individual to whom the letter is going as well as the style of the letter.

Below are forms of proper address:

PersonLetter AddressLetter Greeting


The Reverend John Smith

Dear Dr. or Mr. Smith
King or QueenHis (Her) Majesty King (Queen) (Name)Your Majesty; Sir or Madam
Prince/PrincessHis (Her) Royal Highness, the Prince of (Country)Your Royal Highness
Duke/DuchessHis/Her Grace, the Duke (Duchess) of (District*)My Lord Duke/Madam or Dear Duke of (District*)/Dear Duchess
Marquis/MarchionessThe Most Honorable the Marquis/Marchioness of (District*)My Lord/Madam or Dear Lord/Lady (District*)
EarlThe Right Honorable the Earl of (District*)My Lord or Dear Lord (District*)
Countess (wife of an earl)The Right Honorable the Countess of (District*)Madam or Dear Lady (District*)
Viscount/ViscountessThe Right Honorable the Viscount/Viscountess (District*)My Lord/Lady or Dear Lord/Lady (District*)
Baron/BaronessThe Right Honorable Lord/Lady (Name)My Lord/Madam or Dear Lord/Lady (Name)
BaronetSir (First Name)(Last Name), Bt.Dear Sir or Dear Sir (Last Name)
Wife of BaronetLady (Last Name)Dear Madam or Dear Lady (Last Name)
KnightSir (First Name)(Last Name)Dear Sir or Dear Sir (First Name)
Wife of KnightDear Madam or Dear Lady (Last Name)Lady (Last Name)
Untitled ManDear Mr. (Last Name)Mr. (Last Name)
Untitled WomanDear Miss (Last Name)Miss (Last Name)

*Sample District Names: Cornwall, Austin, Franklin, Winchester

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