How to Address a US Ambassador to the UK

How to Address a US Ambassador to the UK?

While most of us think it is Buckingham Palace – St. James’s Palace is the official residence of the British monarch. It is where ambassadors present their credentials.  Referring to the Ambassador to the United Kingdom as the Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s is traditional and correct.
—–The Ambassador of the United States of America to the Court of St. James’s

But there is often more than one correct form of address. It is also correct to refer to the U.S. ambassador to the U.K. using the standard formula for any currently accredited ambassador:

A Standard Formula:
—–The Ambassador of the (Official Name of Country) to the (Official Name of Country)

Which Looks Like:
—–The Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Being someone who aspires to consistency, with this formula I can write the name of every ambassador from any country to any country correctly and consistently. U.S. ambassadors are also addressed by U.S. citizens as ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’. For that form follow the link ‘Ambassador-US, by a US citizen’.

If this sort of thing comes up often, my book has lots more information.

– Robert Hickey     How to Address a US Ambassador to the UK


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.
___What I don’t cover on this site are many things I do cover in my book: all the rules of forms of address, about names, international titles, precedence, complimentary closes, details on invitations, place cards, all sorts of introductions, etc. I hope you’ll get a copy of the book if you’d like the further detail.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”