Addressing the Lieutenant Governor

Addressing the Lieutenant Governor in Person


The Lieutenant Governor – always pronounced: lef´ten-ent gov´er-ner – is the highest ranking official in Nova Scotia. Specific protocol exists to ensure appropriate respect for the Lieutenant Governor as the representative of the Crown.

When addressing the Lieutenant Governor in person, use: "Your Honour".

When referring to the Lieutenant Governor, always use: "His Honour".

The spouse of the Lieutenant Governor is also addressed in the same manner ("Your Honour", "Her Honour".)

When the Lieutenant Governor and spouse are together, they are addressed as "Your Honours" and referred to as "Their Honours".

Addressing the Lieutenant Governor in a Letter


For correspondence, the following should be used:

Full title: His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd)

Proper salutation: Your Honour,

Proper closing: Yours sincerely,

An envelope should be written in the following manner:

His Honour
Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd)
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
Government House
1451 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1Z2

Listing the Lieutenant Governor in an Event Program


When listing the Lieutenant Governor, it is correct to use the following: 

His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd)
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia