Former Wife of an Earl
If a marriage between an earl and countess has been dissolved, the former wife (although no longer a peeress) may continue to use her title as an earl's wife, preceded by her forename (unless she remarries*).
How to address the Former Wife of an Earl
The recommended (social) style of address is as follows:
|Beginning of letter||Dear Lady Caledon|
|End of letter||Yours sincerely|
|Envelope||Henrietta, Countess of Caledon|
|Verbal communication||Lady Caledon|
|Invitation||Henrietta, Lady Caledon|
|Description in conversation||Lady Caledon|
|List of Directors or Patrons||Henrietta, Countess of Caledon|
|Place card||Henrietta, Countess of Caledon|
|Legal document||Henrietta, Countess of Caledon|
*If the former wife of an earl subsequently remarries she adopts her style of address from her present husband. Thus if Henrietta, Countess of Caledon, marries Mr Cuthbert Robinson she becomes Mrs Cuthbert Robinson.
Former Wife of an Earl by Courtesy
She is styled as the former wife of an earl.