This page has information about addressing and writing to the Lord Mayor.

How to address the Lord Mayor and their Official Companion

The Lord Mayor is always referred to as ‘The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth’ regardless of gender.

If desired, the name, preceded by Councillor may follow the office – ‘The Right Worshipful’ should always be placed before ‘The Lord Mayor’.

A Lady Mayoress (the wife or other female companion chosen by the Lord Mayor, such as a daughter) is not referred to as ‘The Right Worshipful’.

If the Lord Mayor’s companion is male, their title will be Consort.

The table below shows how to address the Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress or Consort in various situations.

SituationLord Mayor Lady MayoressConsort
Beginning a letterMy Lord Mayor (formal) Dear Lord Mayor (social)My Lady Mayoress (formal) Dear Lady Mayoress (social)Address by name
Ending a letterYours faithfully (formal) Yours sincerely (social)Yours faithfully (formal) Yours sincerely (social)Yours faithfully (formal) Yours sincerely (social)
EnvelopeThe Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of PortsmouthThe Lady Mayoress of PortsmouthThe Lord Mayor's Consort followed by name
Verbal addressMy Lord Mayor, or Lord MayorMy Lady Mayoress, or Lady MayoressName
Description in conversationThe Lord Mayor, or the Lord Mayor of PortsmouthMy Lady Mayoress, or Lady Mayoress of PortsmouthThe Lord Mayor's Consort or name