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 Ailesbury
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Caroline, Marchioness of Ailesbury
Verbal communication Lady Ailesbury
Invitation Caroline, Lady Ailesbury
Description in conversation Lady Ailesbury
List of Directors or Patrons Caroline, Marchioness of Ailesbury
Place card Caroline, Marchioness of Ailesbury
Legal document Caroline, Marchioness of Ailesbury

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

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


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