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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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.
- An heir presumptive is someone who may inherit, unless someone with a better claim under the rules of succession is found.
- King Charles III's oldest son is Prince William, so he is the heir apparent of the British monarchy.
Monarchies that have used the titleEdit
- Richard Burn; John Burn, A New Law Dictionary (London: printed by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall, for T. Cadell, 1792), p. 423
- The Manual of Rank and Nobility, or Key to the Peerage (London: Saunders and Otley, 1828), p. 43
- Jeremy Paxman, On Royalty: A Very Polite Inquiry Into Some Strangely Related Families (New York : PublicAffairs, 2008), p. 103
- 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