Daughters of an Earl

A daughter of an earl has the style of 'Lady' before her forename and surname, eg the daughter of the Earl of Westmoreland is Lady Daisy Fane.  A daughter of those who enjoy the courtesy peerage of an earl, has the identical style of 'Lady'. The daughter of the Earl of Euston (a courtesy peerage) is Lady Isobel FitzRoy

On marriage she continues to use the same style, with her husband's surname. For example, when the Earl of Rosse's daughter Lady Alicia Parsons married Nathaniel Clements she became Lady Alicia Clements.

How to address the Daughter of an Earl

The recommended (social) style of address is as follows:

Beginning of letter Dear Lady Alicia
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Lady Alicia Clements
Joint form of address Mr Nathaniel and Lady Alicia Clements
Verbal communication Lady Alicia (on introduction, Lady Alicia Clements)
Invitation Lady Alicia Clements
Invitation* to husband & wife Mr Nathaniel and Lady Alicia Clements
Description in conversation Lady Alicia
List of Directors or Patrons Lady Alicia Clements
Place card Lady Alicia Clements
Legal document Alicia Siobhan Margaret Nasreen Clements commonly called Lady Alicia Clements

*Note that, 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.

Exceptions

Should she marry a peer she adopts his title

If she marries a courtesy peer, and the precedence she derives from this is lower than that she derives from her father, she has the option of:

(a) adopting the usual style of the wife of a courtesy peer, eg Countess of Twickenham, or
(b) continuing her own style followed by the courtesy title, eg Lady Mary Twickenham.

In practice very few ladies now adopt course (b) unless the marriage has been dissolved.

If the daughter of an earl marries the younger son of a duke or marquess, again she has the option of:

(a) adopting the usual style of the wife of a younger son of a duke or marquess, eg Lady Charles Manners, or
(b) continuing her own style followed by her surname, eg Lady Mary Manners.

See Courtesy Titles

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