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Old 13-08-2019, 10:41   #1
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How to address the Prime Minister and military officers.

Does anybody know the definitive way to correctly address the Prime Minister upon first meeting him?

Also, do any former armed forces members know the correct way to address a Military Officer upon first meeting them?

Are there differences depending upon the sex of the person in question?
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Old 13-08-2019, 11:20   #2
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Re: How to address the Prime Minister and military officers.

I would do what Mr Bean did with the Queen for the PM.
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Old 13-08-2019, 11:59   #3
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I would do what Mr Bean did with the Queen for the PM.
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Re: How to address the Prime Minister and military officers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JizFAhEpiEc
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Re: How to address the Prime Minister and military officers.

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Does anybody know the definitive way to correctly address the Prime Minister upon first meeting him?

Also, do any former armed forces members know the correct way to address a Military Officer upon first meeting them?

Are there differences depending upon the sex of the person in question?
A) Prime Minister (optional to attach PMs surname) - when I was meeting with some of previous PMs, the etiquette was "Prime Minister"

B) "rank" surname, or Sir/Maam (eg Captain Rogers)
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Re: How to address the Prime Minister and military officers.

It does depend on your own status. There is a difference between civilians, armed forces (and emergency personnel).

For non-civilans it would be Sir or Ma'am.

Debretts then solves the rest for civilians

https://www.debretts.com/expertise/f...ions/politics/
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Re: How to address the Prime Minister and military officers.

'Alright mate' is also acceptable
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'Alright mate' is also acceptable
If the military officer is in the Royal Navy, "alright matelot" is more acceptable...
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Re: How to address the Prime Minister and military officers.

I've got a word for the PM but I'd get banned....
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Re: How to address the Prime Minister and military officers.

I usually address the current PM as "Pal" since he has a face like a lump of dog meat
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