Brigadier

How to Address a Brigadier

The recommended social style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Brigadier Jones
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Brigadier John Jones, CB, CBE. The rank should not be abbreviated.
Verbal communication Brigadier Jones*
Invitation Brigadier John Jones
Joint invitation+ Brigadier John and Mrs Jones
Description in conversation Brigadier Jones (or The Brigadier)
List of Directors or Patrons Brigadier John Jones, CB, CBE
Place card Brigadier John Jones

*A younger man, or a more junior officer in any of the Armed Forces, addresses him as 'Sir'.

+ Note: Traditionally, invitations to a married couple, when sent to their home address, are addressed to the wife alone, with both names being inscribed on the invitation card. It has become increasingly acceptable, however, to address the envelope with both names.

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