Order of precedence in Northern Ireland

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An unofficial order of precedence in Northern Ireland, according to Burke's Peerage, 106th. Edition [1], not officially authorised by or published with authority (cum privilegio) from either Buckingham Palace (the Royal Household) or the College of Arms, or the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice or the Northern Ireland Office of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, or the Assembly of Northern Ireland, or the Northern Ireland Executive.

Gentlemen[edit]

  1. The Sovereign (The Queen, Elizabeth II)
  2. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom/Royal family (men)

  1. The Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic archbishops of Ireland, and the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, according to the seniority of their consecration or election
    1. Archbishop of Armagh (Church of Ireland) (Richard Clarke)
    2. Archbishop of Armagh (Roman Catholic) (Eamon Martin)
    3. Archbishop of Dublin (Roman Catholic) (Diarmuid Martin)
    4. Archbishop of Dublin (Church of Ireland) (Michael Jackson)
    5. Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (Frank Sellar)
  2. The Lord High Steward (office only in existence for coronations)
  3. The Lord High Chancellor (David Lidington)
  4. The Prime Minister (office held by a woman)
  5. Commonwealth Prime Ministers, while visiting the UK, in order of appointment
  6. The Lord High Treasurer (currently in commission)
  7. Lord President of the Council (Andrea Leadsom)
  8. Speaker of the House of Commons (John Bercow MP)
  9. The President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (David Neuberger, Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury)
  10. The Lord Privy Seal (office held by a woman, Natalie Evans, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park)
  11. Ambassadors of foreign countries and High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries according to date of arrival
  12. The Lord High Constable (office only in existence coronations)
  13. The Earl Marshal (The Edward Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk)
  14. The Lord High Admiral (office now held by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh)
  15. The Lord Steward of the Household (James Ramsay, 17th Earl of Dalhousie)
  16. Dukes
  17. Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, eldest son of Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
  18. George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, eldest son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
  19. Prince George of Cambridge, only son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
  20. Ministers, envoys, and other very important visitors from foreign countries
  21. The Lord Great Chamberlain (David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley)
  22. Marquesses
  23. Eldest sons of dukes (see list)
  24. The Lord Chamberlain of the Household (William Peel, 3rd Earl Peel)
  25. The Master of the Horse (Samuel Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey)
  26. Earls
  27. Younger sons of dukes of Blood Royal (Lord Nicholas Windsor)
  28. Eldest sons of marquesses
  29. Younger sons of dukes
  30. Viscounts
  31. Eldest sons of earls
  32. Lord Frederick Windsor
  33. Younger sons of marquesses
  34. The Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Bishops, according to seniority of consecration
  35. Secretaries of State, if of the degree of a baron (none)
  36. Barons and Lords of Parliament
  37. The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland (Declan Morgan)
  38. Treasurer of the Household (Greg Hands MP)
  39. Comptroller of the Household (Gavin Barwell MP)
  40. Vice-Chamberlain of the Household (office currently held by a woman)
  41. Secretaries of State under the degree of baron
  1. Eldest sons of viscounts
  2. Younger sons of earls
  3. Eldest sons of barons
  4. Knights of the Garter
  5. Knights of the Thistle
  6. Knights of St Patrick (none, order dormant)
  7. Privy Counsellors
  8. Lords Justices of Appeal of Northern Ireland
  9. Judges of the High Court of Northern Ireland
  10. Younger sons of viscounts
  11. Younger sons of barons
  12. Baronets
  13. Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  14. Knights Grand Commanders of the Order of the Star of India (none, order dormant)
  15. Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  16. Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire (none, order dormant)
  17. Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  18. Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  19. Knights Commanders of the Order of the Bath
  20. Knights Commanders of the Order of the Star of India (none, order dormant)
  21. Knights Commanders of the Order of St Michael and St George
  22. Knights Commanders of the Order of the Indian Empire (none, order dormant)
  23. Knights Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
  24. Knights Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  25. Knights Bachelor
  26. County Court Judges in Northern Ireland and Recorders of Boroughs
  27. Companions of the Order of the Bath
  28. Companions of the Order of the Star of India (none, order dormant)
  29. Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George
  30. Companions of the Order of the Indian Empire (none, order dormant)
  31. Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
  32. Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  33. Companions of the Distinguished Service Order
  34. Lieutenants of the Royal Victorian Order
  35. Officers of the Order of the British Empire
  36. Companions of the Imperial Service Order
  37. Eldest sons of younger sons of peers
  38. Eldest sons of baronets
  39. Eldest sons of Knights of the Garter
  40. Eldest sons of Knights of the Thistle
  41. Eldest sons of Knights of St Patrick
  42. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  43. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  44. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  45. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  46. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  47. Eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  48. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  49. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  50. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  51. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  52. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  53. Eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  54. Members of the Royal Victorian Order
  55. Members of the Order of the British Empire
  56. Younger sons of baronets
  57. Younger sons of Knights of the Garter
  58. Younger sons of Knights of the Thistle
  59. Younger sons of Knights of St Patrick
  60. Younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  61. Younger sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  62. Younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  63. Younger sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  64. Younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  65. Younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  66. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  67. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  68. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  69. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  70. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  71. Younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  72. The Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service (Malcolm McKibbin)
  73. The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Finance and Personnel (Stephen Peover)
  74. The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Education (Paul Sweeney)
  75. The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (Gerry Lavery)
  76. The Permanent Secretary to the Department of the Environment (Leo O'Reilly)
  77. The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (David Sterling)
  78. The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Andrew McCormick)
  79. The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (Rosalie Flanagan)
  80. The Permanent Secretary to the Department for Employment and Learning (Alan Shannon)
  81. The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Regional Development (David Orr)
  82. The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Social Development (William Haire)
  83. The Clerk of the Northern Ireland Assembly (Arthur Moir)
  84. The Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland (Kieran Donnelly)
  85. The Examiner of Statutory Rules (Gordon Nabney)
  86. The Crown Solicitor for Northern Ireland (O. G. Paulin)
  87. Queen's Counsel of Northern Ireland
  88. The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (George Hamilton)

Ladies[edit]

The order of precedence accorded to women of the royal family differs depending on whether or not they are accompanied by a husband who is accorded higher precedence. When unaccompanied, blood relations of the sovereign are always accorded higher precedence, for example, when not accompanied by Prince Charles, Camilla ranks after Princess Alexandra; when with her husband, Camilla ranks above all women other than the reigning sovereign and any queens dowager.[1]

  • The Queen, Elizabeth II
  • Queens dowager (none surviving; most recently widowed first)
  • Daughters-in-law of the sovereign (if accompanying their husbands)
  • Daughters of the sovereign
  • Granddaughters-in-law of the sovereign (if accompanying their husbands; ordered according to their husbands' precedence)
  • Granddaughters of the sovereign (ordered according to the rules of primogeniture)
  • Sisters-in-law of the sovereign (if accompanying their husbands; none)
  • Sisters of the sovereign (none surviving)
  • Aunts (by marriage) of the sovereign (if accompanying their husbands; none surviving)
  • Aunts (by blood) of the sovereign (none surviving)
  • Nieces (by marriage) of the sovereign (if accompanying their husbands)
  • Nieces (by blood) of the sovereign
  • Granddaughters-in-law of former sovereigns (whose husbands are dukes; if accompanying their husbands)
  • Granddaughters-in-law of former sovereigns (whose husbands aren't dukes; if accompanying their husbands)
  • Granddaughters of former sovereigns
  • Daughters-in-law of the sovereign (if not accompanying their husbands)
    • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
    • Sophie, Countess of Wessex
  • Granddaughters-in-law of the sovereign (if not accompanying their husbands; ordered according to their husbands' precedence)
    • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Sisters-in-law of the sovereign (if not accompanying their husbands; none)
  • Aunts (by marriage) of the sovereign (if not accompanying their husbands; none surviving)
  • Nieces (by marriage) of the sovereign (if not accompanying their husbands)
    • Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon
  • Granddaughters-in-law of former sovereigns (whose husbands are dukes; if not accompanying their husbands)
    • Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester
    • Katharine, Duchess of Kent
  • Granddaughters-in-law of former sovereigns (whose husbands aren't dukes; if not accompanying their husbands)
    • Princess Michael of Kent
    • Patricia Lascelles, Dowager Countess of Harewood

nb: since there is no specific place in the order for a great-grandchild of the Sovereign (no matter how directly in line), Princess Charlotte of Cambridge must presumably take precedence as the daughter of a Duke of the Blood Royal (see below).

  1. The Lord High Chancellor (Elizabeth Truss)
  2. The Prime Minister (Theresa May)
  3. Commonwealth Prime Ministers, while visiting the UK, in order of appointment
  4. Ambassadors of foreign countries and High Commissioners of Commonwealth countries according to date of arrival
  5. Duchesses
  6. Claire Windsor, Countess of Ulster, wife of Earl of Ulster
  7. Sylvana Tomaselli, wife of Earl of St Andrews
  8. Lady Davina Windsor, elder daughter of the Duke of Gloucester
  9. Lady Rose Gilman, younger daughter of the Duke of Gloucester
  10. Lady Helen Taylor, only daughter of the Duke of Kent
  11. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, only daughter of the Duke of Cambridge
  12. Marchionesses
  13. Wives of duke's eldest sons
  14. Daughters of dukes not married to peers
  15. Countesses
  16. Wives of marquesses' eldest sons
  17. Lady Gabriella Windsor
  18. Marquesses' daughters not married to peers
  19. Wives of dukes' younger sons
  20. Viscountesses
  21. Wives of eldest sons of earls or of countesses in their own right
  22. Earls' daughters not married to peers
  23. Sophie Winkleman, wife of Lord Frederick Windsor
  24. Wives of marquesses' younger sons
  25. Secretaries of State, if of the degree of a baron (none)
  26. Baronesses, wives of Lords of Parliament, and female holders of Lordships of Parliament
  27. Secretaries of State below the degree of baron
  1. Wives of viscounts' eldest sons
  2. Viscounts' daughters not married to peers
  3. Wives of younger sons of earls or of countesses in their own right
  4. Wives of eldest sons of barons or baronesses
  5. Daughters of barons or baronesses
  6. Ladies of the Garter
    1. Anne, Princess Royal
    2. Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy
  7. Ladies of the Thistle
    1. Anne, Princess Royal
  8. Wives of Knights of the Garter
    • all rank higher, except:
    1. Valerie Stephen
    2. Mary Colman
    3. June Hillary
    4. Jennifer Acland
    5. Norma Major
  1. Wives of Knights of the Thistle
    • all rank higher, except:
    1. Poppy Anderson
  1. Privy Counsellors
  2. Lords Justices of Appeal
  3. High Court Judges
  4. Wives of viscounts' younger sons
  5. Wives of younger sons of barons or baronesses
  6. Wives of baronets
  7. Dames Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  8. Dames Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  9. Dames Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  10. Dames Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  11. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  12. Wives of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  13. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  14. Wives of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  15. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  16. Wives of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  17. Dames Commander of the Order of the Bath
  18. Dames Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  19. Dames Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  20. Dames Commandes of the Order of the British Empire
  21. County Court Judges in Northern Ireland and Recorders of Boroughs
  22. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  23. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  24. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  25. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  26. Wives of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  27. Wives of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  28. Wives of Knights Bachelor
  29. Companions of the Order of the Bath
  30. Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George
  31. Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
  32. Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  33. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Bath
  34. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Star of India
  35. Wives of Companions of the Order of St Michael and St George
  36. Wives of Companions of the Order of the Indian Empire
  37. Wives of Commanders of the Royal Victorian Order
  38. Wives of Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  39. Wives of Companions of the Distinguished Service Order
  40. Lieutenants of the Royal Victorian Order
  41. Officers of the Order of the British Empire
  42. Wives of Lieutenants of the Royal Victorian Order
  43. Wives of Officers of the Order of the British Empire
  44. Companions of the Imperial Service Order
  45. Wives of Companions of the Imperial Service Order
  46. Wives of the eldest sons of sons of peers or peeresses
  47. Daughters of sons of peers or peeresses
  48. Wives of the eldest sons of baronets
  49. Daughters of baronets
  50. Wives of eldest sons of Knights of the Garter
  51. Wives of eldest sons of Knights of the Thistle
  52. Wives of eldest sons of Knights of St Patrick
  53. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  54. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  55. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  56. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  57. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  58. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  59. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  60. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  61. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  62. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  63. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  64. Wives of eldest sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  65. Daughters of Knights of the Garter
  66. Daughters of Knights of the Thistle
  67. Daughters of Knights of St Patrick
  68. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  69. Daughters of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  70. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  71. Daughters of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  72. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  73. Daughters of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  74. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  75. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  76. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  77. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  78. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  79. Daughters of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  80. Members of the Royal Victorian Order
  81. Members of the Order of the British Empire
  82. Wives of Members of the Royal Victorian Order
  83. Wives of Members of the Order of the British Empire
  84. Wives of younger sons of baronets
  85. Wives of younger sons of Knights of the Garter
  86. Wives of younger sons of Knights of the Thistle
  87. Wives of younger sons of Knights of St Patrick
  88. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
  89. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Star of India
  90. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
  91. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  92. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
  93. Wives of younger sons of Knights Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire
  94. Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath
  95. Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Star of India
  96. Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
  97. Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
  98. Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
  99. Wives of younger sons of Knights Commander of the Order of the British Empire
  100. The Permanent Secretary to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (Rosalie Flanagan)

Local precedence[edit]

  1. The Lord Lieutenant of the County:
  2. The Lord Mayor:
  3. The (Elected) Mayor
  4. The Deputy Mayor
  5. Councillors
  6. Justices of the Peace
  7. The Town Clerk