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heir apparent

n. the person who is expected to receive a share of the estate of a family member if he/she lives longer, or is not specifically disinherited by will. (See: heir)

heir apparent

a person whose right to succeed to certain property cannot be defeated, provided such person survives his ancestor.
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The importance of the relationship between the grandparent and grandchild is something the heir to the throne knows well as he was very close to his grandmother, the Queen Mother, and "adored" her as a child.
If Charles were king, William - as heir to the throne - would almost automatically have been made the Prince of Wales and his new bride would become the Princess of Wales, the title once held by the late Princess Diana, left.
The Prince's non-official expenditure fell by 23%, with the drop being attributed in part to the heir to the throne's decision to holiday in the United Kingdom last year.
To have the heir to the throne publicly indulging in the worst excesses of binge drinking and loutishness is unfortunate enough.
He is desperate to keep this a secret but he learns that his first wife that he divorced because he thought she was barren is the mother of his son, a child who has no magic and should be the heir to the throne. King Conrig has other enemies including the former Royal Alchemist Killian and Prince Beynor of the House of Mass.
PRINCE Charles may be heir to the throne, but he is also a boss like any other.
It seems she was horrified at the thought that allowing her son and heir to the throne to marry in Windsor Castle would open the Royal gates to allow all and sundry to marry there so Charles was forced to switch venues to the local registry.
It was opened in 1825 to link the home of the Prince Regent--the heir to the throne, who was later to become George IV--to Regent's Park.
After 13 years of marriage to Catherine of Aragon, the King had no male heir to the throne. Catherine had given him six children, but only one, a girl, survived.
The first of these, Sir John's translation of the Aeneid, book 6, was delivered in 1604 and aptly characterizes Harington as well-qualified to be employed as tutor to the heir to the throne. The manuscript of the complete epigrams presented to Henry on June 19, 1605 essentially duplicated the collection Sir John had sent to Scotland as a New Year's gift for James in 1602.
I'm sure the cost of his digs is the last thing on the young prince's mind, but I wonder how long it will be until less well- off students begin to consider if being at the same university as the heir to the throne comes at just too high a price.
As if it isn't already bad enough that 14-year-old Mia just found out she's the heir to the throne of a European country no one's ever even heard of, now they had to go and make a movie (in theaters Aug.