Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant

Addressed as ‘Mr Brook’ [the verbal use of the terms ‘cornet’ for a 2nd lieutenant of The Blues and Royals, and ‘ensign’ for
a 2nd lieutenant of Foot Guards, are restricted to within the Household Division]. The envelope should be addressed to
‘Mark Brook Esq’.

How to Address a Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant

The recommended form of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Mr Richardson
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Robert Richardson, Esq. The Regiment or Corps (or abbreviations) may be added after the name on a new line [some regiments include the rank of Lieutenant/2nd Lieutenant to the officer's name on an envelope sent to a military address, e.g. 2nd Lieutenant Robert Richardson, Blank Regt]
Verbal address Mr Richardson [the verbal use of the terms 'Cornet' for a 2nd Lieutenant of The Blues and Royals, and 'Ensign' for a 2nd Lieutenant of Foot Guards, are restricted to within the Household Division]
Invitation Mr Robert Richardson
Joint invitation+ Mr and Mrs Robert Richardson
Description in conversation Mr Richardson
List of Directors or Patrons Mr Robert Richardson
Place card Mr Robert Richardson

+ 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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