This post picks up on an earlier discussion as to the origins of the practice of lords being styled the Right Honourable, even though not sworn of the privy council. (All privy councillors are entitled to the prefix.) I have consulted the guidance prepared by Who’s Who. It transpires that by ancient practice, amounting almost to a right, all peers below the rank of Marquess are addressed as the Right Honourable, but – and this to me is the interesting part – the prefix is normally shortened to ‘The’. Thus, the ‘The’ in Professor The Lord Norton of Louth stands for The Right Honourable.
Members of the privy council should put the prefix in full. They should not, apparently (as tends to be the practice), put PC after their name as membership of the privy council is a position and not a honour.
I appreciate this is a somewhat arcane post, but given the quality readership that this blog attracts it seemed the most appropriate place to put it.