Famine is a major concern of the King

If the King is concerned about famine, should the above sentence end "King's" instead?

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No need for an apostrophe.

Generally there are two forms:

The king's concerns

The concerns of the king.

The double possessive does exist, and is a curious thing. It is sometimes used without thought when the alternative might be an ambiguous construction. See A Guide to Double Possessives for examples of this advanced topic.

In your case, no double possessive is needed. The sentence as quoted is correct without 's.

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