Forms of Address

The nobles of Westeros are particularly sensitive about their titles and modes of address. To make it easier, we have compiled a quick guide to ranks, titles and forms of address. 


The King:
- The highest rank available in the Seven Kingdoms
- Addressed as Your Majesty, Your Royal Majesty, Your Grace, My Liege, or Sire

The Queen:
-The highest ranking lady in the Seven Kingdoms
-Addressed as Your Highness, Your Grace, My Lady. 

Prince and Princess:
- Children of the King or the rulers of Dorne
- Addressed as Your Highness, Your Grace, My Lord/Lady

The King's Hand:
- Second only to the King in Westeros. This title confers no lands, but is considered the greatest honor available to the nobility of the Seven Kingdoms. 
- Addressed as My Lord Hand. 

The Grand Maester:
- The ranking Maester in Westeros
- Addressed as Grand Maester or Maester { First Name }

Officials in the King’s Government:
- These might be territorial governors, members of the Small Council, or filling other positions
- Addressed as Your Excellency or by the position they hold, i.e. Governor { Last Name }


Heads of Great Houses:
- These hold lands and title in trust for the King. They answer strictly to the King, who can grant them lands or take them away. 
- Addressed as Lord { House Name }, i.e. Leo Tyrell is addressed as Lord Tyrell. 
- May also be addressed as my lord, my liege. 

Women must be approved by the King and/or Small Council to inherit the Lordship of a Great House, however this is vanishingly rare. 


They are addressed as Lady { House Name }, i.e. Roslyn Arryn is addressed as Lady Arryn. 
- May also be addressed as my lady, my liege.

Heads of Banner Houses:
- They hold lands and title in trust for the Lord of the Great Houses. They answer to their Great Lord, who can create or dismiss banner houses. 
- If a banner lord betrays his Great Lord, he can be stripped of land, title, and hunted as an outlaw. 
- Addressed as Lord { House Name }, i.e. Jormyn Manderly is addressed as Lord Manderly. May also be addressed as my lord. 

Family Members of Great Houses:
- If a brother or son of a Lord of a Great House, he is given the courtesy title of Lord. 
- A cousin who is heir to a Lord of a Great House is addressed as Lord First Name. 
- A cousin who holds lands of the Lord of a Great House is addressed as Lord { Last Name }
- If a cousin who is not heir to the Lord of a Great House holds no lands of his own, he is given the courtesy title of Milord. 
- If a sister or daughter of a Lord of a Great House, she is given the courtesy title of Lady. 
- A female cousin who is heir to the Lord of a Great House (extremely rare) is addressed as Lady First Name.
- If a female cousin who holds lands of the Lord of a Great House, she is Lady { Last Name }.
- A cousin who is not heir to the Lord of a Great House, is unmarried, and holds no lands of her own is given the courtesy title of Milady. 

Knights:
- All Knights, male or female, are addressed as Ser { First Name }. No knight is ever referred to as Ser { Last Name }. 

Forms of Address

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