AP Style Queen: Do I Capitalize Queen?

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

  • Today, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Elton John.

Continue in second references that use the queen’s given name. For example,

  • Today, Queen Elizabeth will make an address.

Lowercase “queen” when it stands alone in sentences. For example,

  • Today, the queen is expected to make an announcement.

Capitalize in plural uses. For example,

  • Of all royalty, Queens Elizabeth and Victoria were the most majestic.

See also AP Style Nobility, AP Style Titles.

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