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    heir apparent

    Hi,

    1. Why did the journalist of the BBC have to add "heir apparent" in his report as I quoted as below, since the report indicated the crown prince, who is the heir?

    The Infanta Cristina is the king's middle child. She has an elder sister, Infanta Elena, and a younger brother, Crown Prince Felipe, the heir apparent.
    source: the BBC

    2. Is it wrong to write "apparent heir" ?


    Many thanks!
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    Re: heir apparent

    The BBC did not have to add the words 'the heir apparent". In some countries, the title 'Crown Prince' is the official designation of the heir apparent. To use both titles is tautologous.

    'Apparent heir' is wrong. It is a description, not a title.

    See: Heir apparent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: heir apparent

    Quote Originally Posted by cheers100 View Post
    2. Is it wrong to write "apparent heir" ?
    An apparent heir would be someone believed to be the heir, so it wouldn't work heir.

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    Re: heir apparent

    Thank you very much for both replies of yours.


    Wikipedia indicates Prince Charles is the heir apparent. According to the definition from Wikipedia, he will be definitely the first person in line of succession and cannot be displaced in most cases. Previously I read some news from some taboid that reported the Queen might consider Prince Willian to be the heir. So according to the definiton, the news should be not true? Correct?
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    Re: heir apparent

    There is no chance of the Queen considering Prince William​ to be her heir. The report is unfounded speculation.

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    Re: heir apparent

    Thank you very much, Rover, and everyone. I got it. Have a nice day!

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    Re: heir apparent

    Your appreciation is welcome, cheers, but there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.



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    Re: heir apparent

    Quote Originally Posted by cheers100 View Post
    Previously I read some news from some taboid that reported the Queen might consider Prince Willian to be the heir. So according to the definiton, the news should be not true? Correct?
    It's wishful thinking on the part of the tabloids- some thought a young photogenic monarch would be better than an old man, but the old man has other ideas and has said he is not going to step aside. It might technically be possible to skip Charles and crown William, but unless we become a republic or he's dead or in a coma, Charles will be the next king.

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