Former Wife of an Earl

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

How to address the Former Wife of an Earl

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

Beginning of letter Dear Lady Aldford
End of letter Yours sincerely
Envelope Emily, Countess of Aldford
Verbal communication Lady Aldford
Invitation Emily, Lady Aldford
Description in conversation Lady Aldford
List of Directors or Patrons Emily, Countess of Aldford
Place card Emily, Countess of Aldford
Legal document Emily, Countess of Aldford

*If the former wife of an earl subsequently remarries she adopts her style of address from her present husband. Thus if Emily, Countess of Aldford, marries Mr James Harte she becomes Mrs James Harte.

Former Wife of an Earl by Courtesy
She is styled as the former wife of an earl.

See Courtesy Titles

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