How to Address Former Governors General

Former Governors-General

Former Governors-General are usually styled ‘The Most Honourable Sir’. They would not however, be styled as ‘His/Her/Your Excellency’. The formal Mode of Address is in:

Writing:

                        The Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke, ON, GCMG, GCVO, CD

Address

Opening Salutation:

 

‘Dear Sir/Madam (formal)                

 

……………………………………………………..

Yours faithfully (formal)

Yours sincerely (semi-formal)

Signature’

His wife is referred to as ‘The Most Honourable Lady Cooke’.

Writing:

            The Most Honourable Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, ON, GCMG, OJ

Address

Opening Salutation:

            ‘Dear Sir/Madam (formal)                

 

……………………………………………………..

Yours faithfully (formal)

Yours sincerely (semi-formal)

Signature’

His wife is referred to as ‘The Most Honourable Lady Hall’.

Widows of former Governors-General would be referred to in the same manner.