Former Wife of a Marquess

If a marriage between a marquess and marchioness has been dissolved, the former wife (although no longer a peeress) may continue to use her title as a marquess's wife, preceded by her forename (unless she remarries*).

How to address the Former Wife of a Marquess

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

Beginning of letter Dear Lady Audley
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Elizabeth, Marchioness of Audley
Verbal communication Lady Audley
Invitation Elizabeth, Lady Audley
Description in conversation Lady Audley
List of Directors or Patrons Elizabeth, Marchioness of Audley
Place card Elizabeth, Marchioness of Audley
Legal document Elizabeth, Marchioness of Audley

*If the former wife of a marquess subsequently remarries she adopts her style of address from her present husband. Thus if Elizabeth, Marchioness of Audley, marries Mr Charles Robinson she becomes Mrs Charles Robinson.

Former Wife of a Marquess by Courtesy
She is styled as the former wife of a marquess.


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