How do you address a Lord?

Members of the House of Lords have a number of different titles. Find out the correct title to use in your correspondence.

(Please note, in all instances 'XXX' should be replaced with the Member's surname.)

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

Baron (Lord)
Beginning of letter ... Dear Lord XXX
End of letter ... Yours sincerely
Envelope ... The (Rt Hon. the) Lord XXX

Baroness
Beginning of letter ... Dear Lady XXX
End of letter ... Yours sincerely
Envelope ... The (Rt Hon. the) Baroness XXX

Countess
Beginning of letter ... Dear Lady XXX
End of letter ... Yours sincerely
Envelope ... The Countess (of) XXX

Duke
Beginning of letter ... Dear Duke of XXX
End of letter ... Yours sincerely
Envelope ... His Grace the Duke of XXX

Earl
Beginning of letter ... Dear Lord XXX
End of letter ... Yours sincerely
Envelope ... The (Rt Hon. the) Earl (of) XXX

Lady
Beginning of letter ... Dear Lady XXX
End of letter ... Yours sincerely
Envelope ... The (Rt Hon. the) Lady XXX

Marquess
Beginning of letter ... Dear Lord XXX
End of letter ... Yours sincerely
Envelope ... The Most Hon. the Marquess of XXX

Viscount
Beginning of letter ... Dear Lord XXX
End of letter ... Yours sincerely
Envelope .. The (Rt Hon. the) Viscount XXX

Archbishop
Beginning of letter ... Dear Archbishop
End of letter ... Yours sincerely
Envelope ... The Most Rev. and the Rt Hon. the Archbishop of XXX

Bishops
Beginning of letter ... Dear Lord Bishop
End of letter ... Yours sincerely
Envelope ... The Rt Rev. the Lord Bishop of XXX

Related information

Directories

Contact details for MPs, Lords, and offices.

Why contact a Lord?

  • Request tickets to tour Parliament
  • The Lord is for/against a Bill you are interested in
  • Your MP is a government minister, and unable to raise the issue in Commons or unwilling to go against party policy
  • Many Lords are independent of a political party
  • To invite them to events