King facts for kids
A king is a man who rules a country, because of inheritance. A king usually comes to power when the previous monarch dies, who is usually a family member of his. Sometimes a person may become king due to the previous monarch's abdication, for example George VI.
For most of history, most countries were ruled in this way, especially in Europe. Some countries, such as France, are no longer monarchies. Some, such as the United Kingdom, still have a royal family.
The wife of a king is called a queen. A woman who becomes a ruler because of inheritance is also called a queen.
If a country has a king or a queen, that means it is a monarchy. A country which a king or queen rules is called a kingdom.
Images for kids
12th-century depiction of Theodoric the Great, King of the Ostrogoths.
Aztec King Nezahualpiltzintli of Texcoco
In Spanish: Monarca para niños
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