Governor-General, Governor or Lieutenant-General

A Governor-General or Governor is styled 'His Excellency', which precedes all other titles and ranks, while administering a Government and within the territory administered.

The Lieutenant-Governors of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are accorded the same style. Their wives have no formal style.

Governor-General of Canada

The Governor-General of Canada also has the rank of 'Rt Hon' for life, and his/her spouse is accorded the style of 'His/Her Excellency' within the country administered by the Governor-General, but this does not apply to the spouse of a Governor. Three of the past five Governors-General have been female. The present incumbent is Her Excellency the Rt Hon Michaëlle Jean.

Governor-General of Australia

The spouse of the Governor-General of Australia is also accorded the style of 'His/Her Excellency' within the country administered by the Governor-General. The present incumbent is Her Excellency Mrs Quentin Bryce, and she is the first woman to hold this Office.

Lieutenant-Governor of a Canadian Province

A Lieutenant-Governor of a Canadian Province is accorded the style of 'The Honourable' for life. At the present time there are Lieutenant-Governors for the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

Northwest Territories, Nunavut (previously part of Northwest Territories) and Yukon each have a Commissioner, who is also accorded the style of 'The Honourable' for life.

How to Address a Governor-General/Governor/Lieutenant-Governor

Lieutenant-Governors and Commissoners are addressed as below (for Governor-Generals and Governors) but are not accorded the style of 'His/Her Excellency').

The recommended social form address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Governor-General/General/Lieutenant-Governor (or by name)
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope His/Her Excellency Mrs Quentin Bryce
Governor-General of Australia
Verbal communication Governor-General, etc, or by name
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