Can anyone explain why Saber is called a "King" and not a "Queen"? It's obvious that she is a female and the proper title for a regal female is "Queen".
from bit and pieces of my answer here
- Merlin's prophecy never stated that the King had to be a boy
Merlin, an Human/Incubus Hyrbid and a powerful Magus, had prophesied that their next child would be Uther's successor as king and Uther believed this. However when Arturia was born Uther despaired as she was born a girl, not a boy. in those times a King could not make a child that was not male his successor even if she was fated to one day become a king. Merlin was delighted because the sex of the child had never mattered
- Arturia was raised as a boy
Kay could tell that Arturia would grow up to be a beauty woman but his father told him to guide her like she was his brother and decided to treat her in that manner, though he did not believe it would be kept secret.
- her gender was meant to be a secret
While being raised by Ector Merlin also visited teaching Arturia and acting as a sort of foster father figure to her. he also also revealed Arturia's gender to Kay making him swear to secrecy.
- Arturia was made into a Psudo-male by Merlin
during this time Arturia had to deal with the problem of being able to produce an heir. to "help" Merlin used his magecraft to make Arturia into a pseudo-male capable of producing sperm for an unknown duration of time.
so for the most part while Merlin never said that the child would be a boy effort was made to make it seem as if Arturia was one because of the age she was in. after all the fact that gender wasn't mention makes it perfectly fine that in another timeline King Arthur is male with no change to the prophecy
Also in the Visual Novel Shirou notes the legend of King Arthur is ambiguous who Arthur was saying that one legend suggested that Arthur was actually a group of people. so her legend isn't perfectly clear anyway compared to the stories that are out there.
there is also Arturia's own opinion about herself
in both Studio Deen's anime and the Visual Novel there is a scene where Shirou walks in on Arturia having a bath in which she expresses that she doesn't have the body of a girl and later on when Arturia and Shirou go out into town they get into a fight where Shirou gets angry at Arturia not seeing her own femininity while Arturia argues that her femininity is pointless for a Servant and King.
Alright, I'm saying it now, that's a pretty freaking cool story. May 17, 2019 at 16:12
@user28536 There's also the fact that she's supposed to be ~14 years old and "plausibly" looks like an effeminate young boy. This gets combined with magical eternal youth from Excalibur + Avalon (I think just Avalon does that, but I forget; in any case, she was supposed to be the eternal, perfect King), and the fact that Arturia rarely made public appearances herself, rather sending someone like Gawain to do it for her to more easily maintain the male image, and was distant even from her own circle of knights. This reclusiveness becomes a plot point in some stories. May 19, 2019 at 16:50