Re: Reigning and Non-reigning heads of state
Posted by Gary on 26/2/2012, 16:06:47, in reply to "Re: Reigning and Non-reigning Royal Families"
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: Tell your friend to cinsider the American
: President. When they leave office they are
: still called ("titled") as
: We say President Clinton, not Mr. Clinton.
: Talking to him, we still address him Mr.
Strictly speaking, though, this is a relatively recent practice. It was began around the 1970s. Prior to that it was Mr. Hoover, Mr. Coolidge, Colonel (T.) Roosevelt, General Eisenhower, etc. This followed General Washington's dictum that the republic has only one president at a time. Until the present century, the etiquette books still insisted that the new practice was incorrect. *United States Protocol: The Guide to Official Diplomatic Etiquette* (2010) states that addressing former presidents as, f.i. President Bush, is no longer incorrect.
On the other hand, referring to former monarchs by their previous titles has long been accepted practice.