AP Style King

Do You Capitalize King?

AP Style rules hold that you should capitalize “king” only when used before the name of royalty. For example,

  • King George VI continued his speech.

Continue in subsequent references that use the king’s given name. For example,

  • King George


  • George

Lowercase “king” when it stands alone.

Capitalize in plural uses before names. For example,

  • Kings George and Edward

Lowercase in phrases such as “strikeout king Nolan Ryan.”

See also AP Style Nobility and AP Style Titles.

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