Oh, it’s on now.
While working on my Hamlet guide for the kids I wanted to make sure I had my capitalization rules correct, so I asked on Twitter. When speaking of Hamlet, do you capitalize the word “prince”? I figure there’s multiple ways to say it:
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Hamlet, who happens to be Prince of Denmark
Prince Hamlet of Denmark
and so on.
What I got back for the most part said, “If he is the only prince, i.e. he has no siblings, then it is his title and titles are capitalized. So, always Prince.”
Until this morning when a professional copy editor checked in and said, “Nope, titles in general are not capitalized. Prince Hamlet yes, but Hamlet prince of Denmark is just a description so no.”
Let the bloodshed begin. Which is it? Cite your references.