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 Tilney
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Tessa, Viscountess Tilney
Verbal address Lady Tilney
Invitation Tessa, Lady Tilney
Description in conversation Lady Tilney
List of Directors or Patrons Tessa, Viscountess Tilney
Place card Tessa, Viscountess Tilney
Legal document Tessa, Viscountess Tilney

* If the former wife of a viscount subsequently remarries she adopts her style of address from her present husband.  Thus if Tessa, Viscountess Tilney, marries Mr Harold Wilmington she becomes Mrs Harold Wilmington.

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


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