Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel

Both ranks are referred to as Colonel, except on the envelope, or in a formal description - such as a list - when the exact rank is given.

How to Address a Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel

The recommended social style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Colonel Robinson
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Colonel Richard Robinson, MC (the rank should not be abbreviated). The Regiment or Corps (or abbreviations) may be added after the name on a new line
Verbal communication Colonel Robinson*
Invitation Colonel Richard Robinson
Joint invitation+ Colonel Richard and Mrs Robinson
Description in conversation Colonel Robinson (or The Colonel)
List of Directors or Patrons Colonel Richard Robinson
Place card Colonel Richard Robinson

*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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