The Church of England: General Notes

Lords Spiritual
The lords spiritual are Church of England bishops who serve in the House of Lords along with the lords temporal (life or hereditary peers). They comprise the Archbishops of Canterbury and of York, the Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester, as well as the 21 longest-serving English diocesan bishops. 

The former Archbishops of Canterbury and York are created lords temporal (ie receive life peerages).

Spouses
Spouses of the clergy do not have any special form of address.

Married Clergy
There is no universally accepted form of addressing an envelope to a married couple who are both in holy orders; ‘The Reverend Mark Brook and The Reverend Hazel Brook’ is acceptable.

SHARE THIS:

Forms Of Address

New: Debrett's Recommends

New: Debrett's Recommends

Debrett's Recommends

Debrett's Recommends

Debrett’s Recommends is an exclusive collection of luxury lifestyle goods and services hand-picked by Debrett’s.

Find Out More
Natasha Devon's Lessons for Life

Natasha Devon's Lessons for Life

Natasha Devon's Life Lessons

Natasha Devon's Life Lessons

The government's mental health champion on the importance of education outside the classroom

Find out more
the debrett's 500

the debrett's 500

the Debrett's 500

the Debrett's 500

Celebrating Britons that are inspiring, achieving and making a difference.

Search now
CORRECT FORM

CORRECT FORM

Royal Portraits

Royal Portraits