Marquess and Marchioness

This is the second most senior of the five titles in the English peerage. Please note that we are using the English spelling of the title. Some Scottish and Irish marguesses take the French spelling. Another interesting note is that there are three marquessates which do not have the word “of” in their title: Camden, … Continue reading Marquess and Marchioness

How to Address the Former Wife of a Duke

If the marriage between a duke and duchess has been dissolved the former wife is no longer a peeress. However she is allowed to keep the title as a duke’s wife but she has to put her forename in front. For example Margaret, Duchess of Stepney. If she remarries then she loses this right and … Continue reading How to Address the Former Wife of a Duke

Widow of a Duke

What is the widow of a duke called? How do I address her? How do I introduce a widow of a duke? What if there are two widows? Are they both called the same?

Children of a Duke

Sons and daughters of a Duke are treated differently. Sons of a Duke The eldest son of a duke will take one of his father’s other, but lower order, peerage titles. For example, the eldest son of the Duke of Stepney could be known as Marquess of Saltmarsh. So in this case you would use … Continue reading Children of a Duke

Duke and Duchess

Duke and Duchess These titles are the highest or most senior of the five titles in the English peerage. There are four royal dukes (York, Gloucester, Cambridge and Kent) who are all members of the royal family and therefore they are addressed differently. Go to our Royals page for more info. All the others are … Continue reading Duke and Duchess

English Titles

I’m sure that you have watched Downton Abbey or you have seen one of the period costume dramas that us English are so good at producing. No doubt you have heard someone being addressed as “My Lord” or “Your Grace” or “Your Majesty”. Maybe on the TV you heard Carson the butler ask a footman … Continue reading English Titles