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The Order of precedence in England and Wales as of 12 November 2008:

Names in italics indicate higher precedence elsewhere in the table.

Men

Royalty, archbishops, et al.

Members of the Royal Family



  • Uncles of the Sovereign (none at present)
  • Male-line nephews of the Sovereign (none at present)




Archbishops, High Officers of State, et al.

The Lord High Steward (none, ceremonial and only appointed for coronations)
The Lord High Treasurer (none, in commission since 1714)
The Lord Speaker is currently a woman, Baroness Hayman
The Lord Privy Seal is currently a woman, Harriet Harman QC, MP
The Lord High Constable of England (none, ceremonial and only appointed for coronations)
The Lord High Admiral (none, office now held by the Sovereign)


Nobility, bishops, et al.

Dukes, et al.

  1. Earl of Ulster (eldest son of HRH The Duke of Gloucester)
  2. Earl of St Andrews (eldest son of HRH The Duke of Kent)
  • Ministers, envoys, and other very important visitors from foreign countries


Marquessess, et al.

Earls, et al.

Viscounts, et al.

Bishops

  • The Bishop of London (Dr Richard Chartres)
  • The Bishop of Durham (Dr Tom Wright)
  • The Bishop of Winchester (Michael Scott-Joynt)
  • 21 Other Church of England diocesan bishops with seats in the House of Lords (ordered according to seniority of consecration)
  • 16 Other Church of England diocesan bishops (ordered according to seniority of consecration)
  • Suffragan bishops (ordered according to seniority of consecration)
  • Retired Church of England diocesan bishops (ordered according to seniority of consecration)

Barons

  • Secretaries of State being of the degree of a baron
  1. The Lord Mandelson, Business Secretary, already ranks higher as Lord President of the Council
  2. The Lord Adonis (Transport Secretary)

Life Barons

  • Life Barons of the United Kingdom (ordered according to date of creation, excepting life Lord Mandelson who ranks higher as Lord President of the Council, life Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers who ranks higher as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, life Lord Adonis who ranks higher as Transport Secretary, life Lord Chalfont who ranks higher than 4 hereditary Barons in seniority of creation, life Lord Selkirk of Douglas who ranks higher as a younger son of a duke and life Lord Judge who ranks higher as Lord Chief Justice)


Gentry, et al.

Senior Legal Officials and Justices

Royal Household Officials

Lord Commissioners of the Great Seal (none)

Cabinet, et al.

  • Secretaries of State under the degree of baron (ordered according to seniority of appointment)
  1. David Miliband MP (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
  2. Jack Straw MP (Secretary of State for Justice) already ranks much higher as Lord Chancellor
  3. Alan Johnson MP (Secretary of State for the Home Department)
  4. Hilary Benn MP (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
  5. Douglas Alexander MP (Secretary of State for International Development)
  6. John Denham MP (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government)
  7. Ed Balls MP (Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families)
  8. Ed Miliband MP (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change)
  9. Andrew Burnham MP (Secretary of State for Health)
  10. Shaun Woodward MP (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland)
  11. Jim Murphy MP (Secretary of State for Scotland)
  12. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is Yvette Cooper MP
  13. Peter Hain MP (Secretary of State for Wales)
  14. Bob Ainsworth MP (Secretary of State for Defence)
  15. Ben Bradshaw MP (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport)
  • Eldest sons of 116 Viscounts
  • Younger sons of 189 non-royal Earls and of 4 Countessess in their own right
  • Eldest sons of 426 hereditary Barons, of 16 Lords of Parliament, of 3 Ladies of Parliament in their own right and of 6 Baronesses in their own right


Knights of the Garter and Knights of the Thistle

  1. Sir Ninian Stephen
  2. Sir Timothy Colman
  3. Sir William Gladstone, Bt
  4. Sir Antony Acland
  5. Sir John Major
  6. Sir Thomas Dunne
  1. Sir Eric Anderson
  2. Sir Garth Morrison

Privy counsellors, et al.

  • Privy Counsellors (PC) (who are not already ranked higher in precedence as peers, lords spiritual, royalty or members of Cabinet) (Privy Counsellors who are not already ranked higher are mostly current or ex-politicians, civil servants, royal household staff, clergy or judiciary)
  • Certain officials
  1. Chancellor of the Order of the Garter (The Lord Carrington already ranks much higher as a hereditary baron)
  2. Chancellor of the Exchequer (Alistair Darling MP ranks as a Privy Counsellor)
  3. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is Lady Royall


Senior Judges, et al.

  • Senior judges
  1. President of the Queen's Bench Division (Sir Anthony May ranks as a Privy Counsellor)
  2. President of the Family Division of the High Court (Sir Mark Potter ranks as a Privy Counsellor)
  3. Chancellor of the High Court (Sir Andrew Morritt ranks as a Privy Counsellor)
  4. Lords Justices of Appeal (ordered according to seniority of appointment) (Lord Justices of Appeal are customarily made Privy Counsellors, and thus rank accordingly)
  5. Judges of the High Court (ordered according to seniority of appointment) (High Court Judges are customarily also conferred bachelor knighthoods)
  • Younger sons of viscounts
  • Younger sons of hereditary Barons, Lords of Parliament, 6 hereditary baronesses and 3 Ladies of Parliament in their own right
  • All sons of life barons and life baronesses in their own right


Baronets

Knights

  • Knights Grand Cross
  1. Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB)
    Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India (none, the last GCSI HH the Maharaja of Travancore, died in 1991)
  2. Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG)
    Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (none, the last GCIE HH the Maharaja of Travancore, died in 1991)
  3. Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)
  4. Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE)
  • Knights Commander
  1. Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)
    Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India (none, the last KCSI, HH the Maharaja of Alwar, died in 2009)
  2. Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)
  3. Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (the last surviving KCIE is HH The Maharaja of Dhrangadhra-Halvad)
  4. Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO)
  5. Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
  • Knights Bachelor (Kt)


Lower level officials and judges

  • Certain officials
  1. Vice-Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster (Mr Justice Lloyd) (customarily a High Court Judge is named to this position and as such already ranks much higher in precedence)
  2. Recorder of Londonmarker
  3. Recorder of Manchester and of Liverpool (in order of appointment):
    1. Recorder of Manchester
    2. Recorder of Liverpool (Judge Globe)
  4. Common Serjeant (Brian Barker QC)
  • Judges junior to those of the High Court
  1. Circuit judge
  2. Master of the Court of Protection (Denzil Lush)


Other lower ranks

Companions, commanders, lieutenants and officers of various orders

  • Companions of the Order of the Bath (CB)
Companions of the Order of the Star of India (none)
  • Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
Companions of the Order of the Indian Empire (none)
  • Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
  • Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • Companions of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
  • Lieutenants of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO)
  • Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • Companions of the Imperial Service Order (ISO)


Eldest sons of various grades

  • Eldest sons of younger sons of hereditary peers or hereditary peeresses in their own right (ordered according to the precedence of their fathers (or mothers as the case may be))
  • Eldest sons of baronets (ordered according to the precedence of their fathers)
  • Eldest sons of knights (ordered according to the precedence of their fathers)


Members of orders

  • Members of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO)
  • Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)


Younger sons of various grades

  • Younger sons of baronets (ordered according to the precedence of their fathers)
  • Younger sons of knights (ordered according to the precedence of their fathers)


Lesser titles

Women

Members of the Royal Family

  1. The Queen


  1. The Duchess of Cornwall
  2. The Countess of Wessex
  3. The Princess Royal
  4. Princess Beatrice of York
  5. Princess Eugenie of York
  6. Lady Louise Windsor


  1. The Duchess of Gloucester
  2. The Duchess of Kent
  3. Princess Michael of Kent
  4. Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy


High Officers of State, et al.

Nobility, et al.

  • Wives of non-royal Dukes (Duchesses)
  • Certain members of the extended Royal Family
  1. Countess of Ulster, wife of the Earl of Ulster
  2. Countess of St Andrews, wife of the Earl of St Andrews
  3. The Lady Davina Lewis, eldest daughter of the Duke of Gloucester
  4. The Lady Rose Gilman, younger daughter of the Duke of Gloucester
  5. The Lady Helen Taylor, eldest daughter of the Duke of Kent
Lord Commissioners of the Great Seal (none)
  1. Vice-Chamberlain of the Household is Helen Jones MP
  • Secretaries of State under the degree of baron:
  1. Yvette Cooper MP (Work Sec.)
  • Wives of viscounts' eldest sons
  • Viscounts' daughters not married to peers
  • Wives of younger sons of earls or of countesses in their own right
  • Wives of eldest sons of barons or baronesses
  • Daughters of barons or baronesses not married to peers


Ladies and Dames, et al.

  • Ladies of the Garter (all already rank higher in precedence):
  • Ladies of the Thistle (who are not already ranked higher):
  1. Lady Marion Fraser
  • Wives of Knights of the Garter (who are not already ranked higher):
  1. Lady Stephan
  2. Lady Colman
  3. Lady Gladstone
  4. Lady Acland
  5. Lady Major (also titled Dame Norma Major, a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in her own right but with lower precedence)
  6. Lady Dunne
  • Wives of Knights of the Thistle (who are not already ranked higher):
  1. Lady Anderson
  2. Lady Morrison
  • Privy counsellors
  • Senior judges
  1. Lords Justices of Appeal
  2. Judges of the High Court
  1. Dames Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  2. Dames Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  3. Dames Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  4. Dames Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  • Wives of Knights Grand Cross and Grand Commander:
  1. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  2. Wives of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  3. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  4. Wives of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  5. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  6. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  • Dames Commander:
  1. Dames Commander of the Order of the Bath
  2. Dames Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  3. Dames Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  4. Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  1. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  2. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  3. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  4. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (e.g., Maharani Shrimati Sri Rajni Brijraj Kunverba Sahiba of Jodhpur, wife of HH The Maharaja of Dhrangadhra-Halvad, the last surviving Knight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (KCIE))
  5. Wives of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  6. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • Wives of Knights Bachelor


Members of orders, et al.

  • Companions of the Order of the Bath
  • Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George
  • Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  • Wives of members of orders:
  1. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Bath
  2. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Star of India
  3. Wives of Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George
  4. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Indian Empire
  5. Wives of Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
  6. Wives of Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  7. Wives of Companions of the Distinguished Service Order
  • Lieutenants of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Officers of the Order of the British Empire
  • Wives of Lieutenants of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Wives of Officers of the Order of the British Empire
  • Companions of the Imperial Service Order
  • Wives of Companions of the Imperial Service Order


Wives and daughters of peers, baronets, and knights, et al.

  • Wives of the eldest sons of sons of peers or peeresses
  • Daughters of sons of peers or peeresses
  • Wives of the eldest sons of baronets
  • Daughters of baronets
  • Wives of eldest sons of knights
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights of the Garter
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights of the Thistle
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights of St Patrick
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross or Grand Commander
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • Daughters of knights:
  1. Daughters of Knights of the Garter
  2. Daughters of Knights of the Thistle
  • Daughters of Knights Grand Cross or Grand Commander:
  1. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  2. Daughters of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  3. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  4. Daughters of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  5. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  6. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  • Daughters of Knights Commander:
  1. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  2. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  3. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  4. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  5. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  6. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  • Members of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Members of the Order of the British Empire
  • Wives of members of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Wives of members of the Order of the British Empire


Wives of younger sons

  • Wives of younger sons of baronets
  • Wives of younger sons of knights
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights of the Garter
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights of the Thistle
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights of St Patrick
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross or Knights Grand Commander
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  • Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire


Lesser titles

Local precedence

  1. The Lord Mayor of Birmingham (John Hood)
  2. The Lord Mayor of Bradford (Howard Middleton)
  3. The Lord Mayor of Bristol
  4. The Lord Mayor of Canterbury (Nick Eden-Green)
  5. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff (Gareth Neale)
  6. The Lord Mayor of Chester (John Ebo)
  7. The Lord Mayor of Coventry (Ken Taylor)
  8. The Lord Mayor of Exeter (Margaret Danks)
  9. The Lord Mayor of Kingston-upon-Hull (Ken Branson)
  10. The Lord Mayor of Leeds (William S Hyde)
  11. The Lord Mayor of Leicester (Ramnik Kavia)
  12. The Lord Mayor of Liverpool (Ron Gould)
  13. The Lord Mayor of the City of London (David Lewis)
  14. The Lord Mayor of Manchester (Audrey Jones)
  15. The Lord Mayor of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Margaret Carter)
  16. The Lord Mayor of Norwich (Christopher Southgate)
  17. The Lord Mayor of Nottingham (Muhammed Munir)
  18. The Lord Mayor of Oxford (Patrick Stannard)
  19. The Lord Mayor of Plymouth (David James)
  20. The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth (Tom Blair)
  21. The Lord Mayor of Slough (Raja Zarait)
  22. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield (Roger Davison)
  23. The Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent (Clive Brian)
  24. The Lord Mayor of Swansea (Lawrence Bailey)
  25. The Lord Mayor of Westminster (Alexander Nicoll)
  26. The Lord Mayor of York (Janet Greenwood)
  • The (elected) mayor
  • The chairman of the county council:
  1. The chairman of the County Council of Bedfordshire (Richard G Baker BEM)
  2. The chairman of the County Council of Buckinghamshire (Richard Pushman)
  3. The chairman of the County Council of Cambridgeshire (Robin Driver)
  4. The chairman of the County Council of Cheshire (Nora Dolphin)
  5. The chairman of the County Council of Cornwall (Phil Tregunna)
  6. The chairman of the County Council of Cumbria (Joe Nicholson)
  7. The chairman of the County Council of Derbyshire (Charles Cutting)
  8. The chairman of the County Council of Devon (Brenda Taylor)
  9. The chairman of the County Council of Dorset (John Peake)
  10. The chairman of the County Council of Durham (Coun Fenwick)
  11. The chairman of the County Council of East Sussex (Roger Thomas)
  12. The chairman of the County Council of Essex (Anthony Peel)
  13. The chairman of the County Council of Gloucestershire (Albert Cook)
  14. The chairman of the County Council of Hampshire (Margaret Snaith)
  15. The chairman of the County Council of Herefordshire Council (John Stone)
  16. The chairman of the County Council of Hertfordshire (Keith Emsall)
  17. The chairman of the County Council of Isle of Wight (Heather Humby)
  18. The chairman of the County Council of Kent (Brenda Trench)
  19. The chairman of the County Council of Lancashire (Vali Patel)
  20. The chairman of the County Council of Leicestershire (David Knaggs)
  21. The chairman of the County Council of Lincolnshire (Peter Bray)
  22. The chairman of the County Council of Norfolk (Neville Chapman)
  23. The chairman of the County Council of Northamptonshire (Mike Boss)
  24. The chairman of the County Council of Northumberland (John Morris)
  25. The chairman of the County Council of North Yorkshire (Clifford Wilson)
  26. The chairman of the County Council of Nottinghamshire (Reg Strauther)
  27. The chairman of the County Council of Oxfordshire (David Turner)
  28. The chairman of the County Council of Rutland (Chris Parsons)
  29. The chairman of the County Council of Shropshire (Adrian Coles)
  30. The chairman of the County Council of Somerset (Robin Bush)
  31. The chairman of the County Council of Staffordshire (Rex Roberts)
  32. The chairman of the County Council of Suffolk (Jeremy Clover)
  33. The chairman of the County Council of Surrey (Sheila Gruselle)
  34. The chairman of the County Council of Warwickshire (Mota Singh)
  35. The chairman of the County Council of West Sussex (Margaret Johnson)
  36. The chairman of the County Council of Wiltshire (Gerry Willmott)
  37. The chairman of the County Council of Worcestershire (Edward Sheldon)
  • The deputy mayor
  • Aldermen
  • Councillors
  • Justices of the Peace
  • The clerk of the County Council
  • The town clerk
  • The chief constable
  • The county engineer or borough engineer


References

  1. following a Resolution of the House of Lords on 12 July 2005, and a further Resolution on 31 January 2006, by which the office of Lord Speaker was established, The Queen issued a Warrant dated 4 July 2006 establishing the rank and precedence of the Lord Speaker of the House of Lords as being immediately after that of the Speaker of the House of Commons. [1]



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