Widow of a Marquess
The widow of a marquess is officially known as The Dowager
Marchioness of …….(unless there is already a dowager marchioness in
that family still living in which case the widow of the
junior marquess is known by her forename e.g Elizabeth, Marquess of
In practice, many widows prefer to use their forename in place of 'Dowager'. If in doubt, use of the forename is recommended.
How to address the Widow of a Marquess
The recommended (social) style of address is as follows:
|Beginning of letter||Dear Lady Aberdeen|
|End of letter||Yours sincerely|
|Envelope||The Dowager (or June) Marchioness of Aberdeen|
|Verbal communication||Lady Aberdeen|
|Invitation||The Dowager (or June) Lady Aberdeen|
|Description in conversation||The Marchioness of Aberdeen|
|List of Directors or Patrons||The Dowager (or June) Marchioness of Aberdeen|
|Place card||The Dowager (or June) Marchioness of Aberdeen|
|Legal document||The Most Honourable June Marchioness of Aberdeen|
If the present holder of the marquessate is unmarried, the widow of the previous marquess does not use the term of either The Dowager Marchioness of Aberdeen, or June, Marchioness of Aberdeen, but continues to be known as The Marchioness of Aberdeen.
Widow of a Marquess by Courtesy
The same rules apply to the widow, as to the wife, of a marquess by courtesy.