How to Address Former Governors General

Former Governors-General

Former Governors-General are usually styled ‘The Most Honourable Sir’. They would not however, be styled as ‘His/Her/Your Excellency’. The formal Mode of Address is in:

Writing:

The Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke, ON, GCMG, GCVO, CD
[Address]

Opening Salutation:

Dear Sir/Madam (formal)

……………………………………………………..
Yours faithfully (formal)
Yours sincerely (semi-formal)
[Signature]

His wife is referred to as ‘The Most Honourable Lady Cooke’.

Writing:

The Most Honourable Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, ON, GCMG, OJ
[Address]

Opening Salutation:

‘Dear Sir/Madam (formal)

……………………………………………………..
Yours faithfully (formal)
Yours sincerely (semi-formal)
[Signature]

His wife is referred to as ‘The Most Honourable Lady Hall’.
Widows of former Governors-General would be referred to in the same manner.