Former Wife of Duke

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

How to address the Former Wife of a Duke:

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

Beginning of letter

Dear Duchess

End of letter

Yours sincerely

Envelope

Victoria, Duchess of Mayfair

Verbal communication

Duchess

Invitation

Victoria, Duchess of Mayfair

Description in conversation

The Duchess of Mayfair

List of Directors or Patrons

Victoria, Duchess of Mayfair

Place card

Victoria, Duchess of Mayfair

Legal document

Victoria Duchess of Mayfair

 
*If the former wife of a duke subsequently remarries she adopts her style of address from her present husband. Thus if Jillian, Duchess of Hamilton, marries Mr Cuthbert Robinson she becomes Mrs Cuthbert Robinson.
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