General, Lieutenant General and Major General

All three ranks are referred to as 'General', except on the envelope, or formally - such as a list - when the exact rank is given. If a peer, the correct forms of address are as for a field marshal. If a baronet or a knight, the appropriate titles should be substituted.

How to Address a General, Lieutenant-General or Major-General

The recommended style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter According to title or Dear General Jones
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope General Sir John Jones, GCB/Lieutenant-General Sir Edward Smith, KCB/Major-General George Brown, CB, CBE. The ranks should not be abbreviated.
Verbal communication Sir John/General Jones*
Invitation General Sir John Jones
Joint invitation+ General Sir John and Lady Jones
Description in conversation Accodring to title or General Jones
List of Directors or Patrons General Sir John Jones, GCB
Place card General Sir 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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