Widow of a Duke

Officially the widow of a duke is known as 'The Dowager Duchess of Mayfair' (unless there is already a dowager duchess in that family still living in which case the widow of the junior duke is known by her forename, eg Anne, Duchess of Mayfair).

In practice, many widows prefer to use their forename in place of 'Dowager'. If in doubt, use of the forename is recommended.

If the present holder of the dukedom is unmarried, the widow of the previous duke does not use the term of either The Dowager Duchess of Mayfair, or Anne, Duchess of Mayfair, but continues to be known as The Duchess of Mayfair.

How to address the Widow of a Duke:

The recommended (social) style of address is as follows:
 
Beginning of letter Dear Duchess
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope The Dowager (or Anne) Duchess of Mayfair
Verbal communication Duchess
Invitation The Dowager (or Anne) Duchess of Mayfair
Description in conversation The Duchess of Mayfair
List of Directors or Patrons The Dowager (or Anne) Duchess of Mayfair
Place card The Dowager (or Anne) Duchess of Mayfair
Legal document The Most Noble Anne Mary Teresa Duchess of Mayfair

 

SHARE THIS:

Forms Of Address

Debrett's Handbook

Debrett's Handbook

Debrett's Handbook

Debrett's Handbook

Debrett's new publication encompassing correct form, modern manners and everyday behaviour

search now
Debrett's Stationery

Debrett's Stationery

Debrett's Courses

Debrett's Courses

Training & Classes

Training & Classes

Providing the skills and confidence to be welcome and at ease in any professional or social situation.

search now