How to Address an Excellency: His/Her/Your Excellency
Excellency is not an office. Your Excellency is a courtesy title used when addressing high national officials such as president and cabinet minister, and foreign diplomats such as ambassador and accredited minister.
Your Excellency is also used when addressing the governors of certain U.S. states.
—-#1) Confirm the office held by the individual
—-#2) Follow the link in the list at right (on desktops) or at the bottom of this page (on phones and tablets) for the form of address for their office.
Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”
Use of His/Her/Your Excellency
Others address an official as ‘Your Excellency’ in conversation or a salutation, or ‘His/Her Excellency (Full Name)’ in writing.
The officeholder never uses Excellency as part of his/her own name.
For example, the wording on an invitation issued by the Ambassador of Belgium would be:
—-Correct: The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium requests the pleasure of…
—-Incorrect: His Excellency the Ambassador of Kingdom of Belgium requests the pleasure of …
Or when presenting one’s name, such as in a signature or preprinted on a holiday card just present your name — nothing before, nothing after.:
—-Correct: Carol Ann Sudol, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium
—-Incorrect: Her Excellency Carol Ann Sudol, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium
—-Incorrect: H.E. Carol Ann Sudol, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium
— Robert Hickey How to Address an Excellency