Former Wife of a Viscount

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

How to address the Former Wife of a Viscount

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

Beginning of letter Dear Lady Powerscourt
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Pauline, Viscountess Powerscourt
Verbal address Lady Powerscourt
Invitation Pauline, Lady Powerscourt
Description in conversation Lady Powerscourt
List of Directors or Patrons Pauline, Viscountess Powerscourt
Place card Pauline, Viscountess Powerscourt
Legal document Pauline, Viscountess Powerscourt

* If the former wife of a Viscountess subsequently remarries she adopts her style of address from her present husband.  Thus if Pauline, Viscountess Powerscourt, marries Mr Cuthbert Robinson she becomes Mrs Cuthbert Robinson.

Former wife of a Viscount by Courtesy
She is styled as the former wife of a viscount.


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