Heir apparent

person who is first in line of succession and cannot be displaced from inheriting, except by death or a change in the rules of succession
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An heir (female: heiress) is a person who has inherited something after the original owner's death. It is often a child after a parent dies.[1]

Heir apparent and heir presumptive usually refer to someone who will inherit a royal or noble title:

An heir apparent is someone who will inherit at the death of the present title-holder.[2]
A Crown Prince is an heir apparent to the throne in a monarchy.[3]
An heir presumptive is someone who may inherit unless someone with a better claim under the rules of succession is found.[4]
  • Prince Bertil of Sweden was the heir presumptive to his nephew King Carl XVI Gustav. The King's son, Prince Carl Philip became heir apparent when he was born, but when in 1980 the law of succession changed, his sister Princess Victoria became the world's first heiress apparent.

Monarchies that have used the title



  1. Richard Burn; John Burn, A New Law Dictionary (London: printed by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall, for T. Cadell, 1792), p. 423
  2. The Manual of Rank and Nobility, or Key to the Peerage (London: Saunders and Otley, 1828), p. 43
  3. Jeremy Paxman, On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry Into Some Strangely Related Families (New York : PublicAffairs, 2008), p. 103
  4. John Almon; John Debrett; et al., The Parliamentary register: or, History of the proceedings and debates of the House of Lords ... during the 14th-[18th] Parliament[s] of Great Britain [1774-1803] (London: Printed for J. Almon, 1775-1804), p. 75