Chargé d’Affaires

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For all, address as Mr./Mrs./Ms. (Name) and identify by (office).’

—-—-Mr./Ms. (Full Name)
—-—-(Office Held/Rank)

—-—-Dear Mr./Ms. (Surname):

—-—-—-Which looks like:
—————-Ms. Boosara Kanchanala
—————-Chargé d’Affaires, a.i.
—————-Royal Thai Embassy
—-1234 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
—————-Washington, DC 56789

—————-Dear Mr./Ms. Kanchanala:


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”

How to Address a Chargé d’Affaires

On an invitation to a chargé d’affaires of an Embassy, is it proper to use the word HONORABLE before his/her name? Thank you.
———-– Laura

Dear Laura:
—–#1) Among appointed U.S. officials only those appointed by The President (POTUS) and individually approved by the Senate are addressed as ‘the Honorable (Full Name)’. At a U.S. Embassy – only the Ambassador is at that level. At an American Embassy the chargé d’affaires is called a deputy chief of mission. Address a deputy chief of mission as Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Full Name)’and identify as the Deputy Chief of Mission.

—–#2) If you are addressing a chargé d’affaires at a foreign embassy, they aren’t addressed as the Honorable (Full Name) either. Foreign chargés d’affaires are not addressed as Your Excellency: they are Mr./Ms.

—–Official envelope:
—–—–Mr./Ms. (Full Name)
—–—–Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of …

—–Social envelope:
—–—–Mr./Ms. (Full Name)

—–—–Mr./Ms./Dr./etc. (Surname)

– Robert Hickey   How to Address a Chargé d’Affaires


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”