Your Excellency

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Pronoun[edit]

Your Excellency

  1. (formal) A title of respect used when addressing heads of state, heads of government, governors, ambassadors, certain ecclesiastics, royalty, and others holding equivalent rank.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This is the second-person form of address. Verbs used with this pronoun as the subject are conjugated in the third person. The forms used in the third person are His Excellency (male) and Her Excellency (female).
  • Those addressed as Excellency are heads of state, heads of government, governors, ambassadors, certain ecclesiastics, royalty, and others holding equivalent rank (e.g., heads of international organizations, high commissioners in the Commonwealth of Nations) and the FIFA President.
  • The exact forms of address vary somewhat from country to country.

See also[edit]

Third person - female (Her) Third person - male (His) Second person (Your)
Her Britannic Majesty His Britannic Majesty Your Britannic Majesty
Her Excellency His Excellency Your Excellency
Her Highness His Highness Your Highness
Her Imperial Highness His Imperial Highness Your Imperial Highness
Her Imperial Majesty His Imperial Majesty Your Imperial Majesty
Her Maj His Maj Your Maj
Her Majesty His Majesty Your Majesty
Her Royal Highness His Royal Highness Your Royal Highness
Her Royal Majesty His Royal Majesty Your Royal Majesty