A woman assumes the titles and styles of her husband. If she marries a peer, she assumes his status:
* a woman who marries a duke becomes a duchess
* a woman who marries a marquess becomes a marchioness
* a woman who marries an earl becomes a countess
* a woman who marries a viscount becomes a viscountess
* a woman who marries a baron becomes a baroness
Her husband is the title holder and the wife assumes his titles and styles but she does not hold the title in her own right. The woman is only a part of the peerage through her marriage; if she were to divorce and remarry, she would then assume her new husband's status.
A commoner woman who marries a baronet, the inherited knighthood, or a knight, a life honor, also assumes her husband's status.
A woman who marries a royal assumes his royal status.