How do you address a Lord?

Members of the House of Lords have a number of different titles, with different ways to address them.

Some Lords should be addressed using their title only, for example, Lord Sugar or Baroness Boothroyd.

Other Lords have an additional part to their title which should also be used when addressing them, for example, Lord Collins of Highbury or Baroness Harris of Richmond.

To find the correct title to address a Lord please use the Members of the House of Lords list.

Once you have found the correct title you can use the guide below which shows you how to use it in correspondence. 'X' should be replaced with the Lord’s title.

Lord Speaker

  • Beginning of email/letter... Dear Lord Speaker
  • End of email/letter... Yours sincerely
  • Envelope... The Rt Hon.* the Baroness D'Souza CMG, Lord Speaker

Baron (Lord)

  • Beginning of email/letter... Dear Lord X
  • End of email/letter... Yours sincerely
  • Envelope... The (Rt Hon.* the) Lord X

Baroness

  • Beginning of email/letter... Dear Lady X
  • End of email/letter... Yours sincerely
  • Envelope... The (Rt Hon.* the) Baroness X

Countess

  • Beginning of email/letter... Dear Lady X
  • End of email/letter... Yours sincerely
  • Envelope... The Countess (of) X

Duke

  • Beginning of email/letter... Dear Duke of X
  • End of email/letter... Yours sincerely
  • Envelope... His Grace the Duke of X

Earl

  • Beginning of email/letter... Dear Lord X
  • End of email/letter... Yours sincerely
  • Envelope... The (Rt Hon.* the) Earl (of) X

Lady

  • Beginning of email/letter... Dear Lady X
  • End of email/letter... Yours sincerely
  • Envelope... The (Rt Hon.* the) Lady X

Marquess

  • Beginning of email/letter... Dear Lord X
  • End of email/letter... Yours sincerely
  • Envelope... The Most Hon. the Marquess of X

Viscount

  • Beginning of email/letter... Dear Lord X
  • End of email/letter... Yours sincerely
  • Envelope... The (Rt Hon.* the) Viscount X

Archbishop

  • Beginning of email/letter... Dear Archbishop
  • End of email/letter... Yours sincerely
  • Envelope... The Most Rev. and the Rt Hon.* the Archbishop of X

Bishops

  • Beginning of email/letter... Dear Lord Bishop
  • End of email/letter... Yours sincerely
  • Envelope... The Rt Rev. the Lord Bishop of X

It is best practice to sign off a letter to a member with ‘Yours sincerely’.

*Rt Hon. should be used when a Lord is a member of the Privy Council. When you look up a member on the Members of the House of Lords list, it will state if they’re a privy counsellor.

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Call 020 7219 3107 or email hlinfo@parliament.uk