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 Heir - apparent.Hel or Hela (in Scandinavian mythology), 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
One who will be heir if no one is born having a prior claim. Thus the Princess Royal was heir-presumptive till the Prince of Wales was born; and if the Prince of Wales had been king before any family had been born to him, his brother, Prince Alfred, would have been heir-presumptive.   1

 Heir - apparent.Hel or Hela (in Scandinavian mythology), 


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