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Longest ever serving heir apparent in world history.
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Ind_duke
2018-03-25 18:36:11 UTC
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Prince Charles is currently the longest ever serving heir apparent to the British crown having been the heir apparent since the Queen's accession (66 years and 46 days as of March 25, 2018). Is it also likely that he could be the longest ever serving heir apparent to any monarch in world history? I guess the chances are very high. Can anybody think of heirs apparent to monarchs in history who have served for a longer time than Charles?
Graham
2018-03-25 21:40:51 UTC
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Prince Charles is currently the longest ever serving heir apparent to the British crown having been the heir apparent since the Queen's accession (66 years and 46 days as of March 25, 2018). Is it also likely that he could be the longest ever serving heir apparent to any monarch in world history? I guess the chances are very high. Can anybody think of heirs apparent to monarchs in history who have served for a longer time than Charles?
Not what you were asking, but I can think of two people who were heirs presumptive to either the British crown or its predecessors when they were older than Charles now is: -

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_of_Hanover (born 1630, became such on the death of William III in 1702, remained such until her death in 1714).
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Augustus,_King_of_Hanover (born 1771, became such on the death of William IV in 1837, remained such until the birth of Princess Victoria in 1840).
Graham
2018-03-25 22:01:43 UTC
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Prince Charles is currently the longest ever serving heir apparent to the British crown having been the heir apparent since the Queen's accession (66 years and 46 days as of March 25, 2018). Is it also likely that he could be the longest ever serving heir apparent to any monarch in world history? I guess the chances are very high. Can anybody think of heirs apparent to monarchs in history who have served for a longer time than Charles?
Not what you were asking, but I can think of two people who were heirs presumptive to either the British crown or its predecessors when they were older than Charles now is: -
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_of_Hanover (born 1630, became such on the death of William III in 1702, remained such until her death in 1714).
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Augustus,_King_of_Hanover (born 1771, became such on the death of William IV in 1837, remained such until the birth of Princess Victoria in 1840).
(2) is still just about true - Ernest Augustus ceased to be heir presumptive at the age of 69 years 5 months 16 days, while Charles is aged 69 years 4 months 11 days to-day. Give or take a day or two in each case. So the record of [oldest ever male heir to either the British crown or its predecessors] is another one that Charles is shortly due to break. Unless you could argue that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Beaufort (born c. 1375) was heir presumptive to his great-nephew Henry VI from the death of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester on 23 February 1447 until his own death on 11 April that year.
Ind_duke
2018-03-27 11:55:31 UTC
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Prince Charles is currently the longest ever serving heir apparent to the British crown having been the heir apparent since the Queen's accession (66 years and 46 days as of March 25, 2018). Is it also likely that he could be the longest ever serving heir apparent to any monarch in world history? I guess the chances are very high. Can anybody think of heirs apparent to monarchs in history who have served for a longer time than Charles?
Not what you were asking, but I can think of two people who were heirs presumptive to either the British crown or its predecessors when they were older than Charles now is: -
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_of_Hanover (born 1630, became such on the death of William III in 1702, remained such until her death in 1714).
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Augustus,_King_of_Hanover (born 1771, became such on the death of William IV in 1837, remained such until the birth of Princess Victoria in 1840).
(2) is still just about true - Ernest Augustus ceased to be heir presumptive at the age of 69 years 5 months 16 days, while Charles is aged 69 years 4 months 11 days to-day. Give or take a day or two in each case. So the record of [oldest ever male heir to either the British crown or its predecessors] is another one that Charles is shortly due to break. Unless you could argue that https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Beaufort (born c. 1375) was heir presumptive to his great-nephew Henry VI from the death of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester on 23 February 1447 until his own death on 11 April that year.
Interesting to know about the heirs presumptive.
To sum it up:
1) Inclusive of heirs presumptive, Charles is still the longest ever serving heir to the British crown or its predecessors.
2) But Charles is only the oldest heir apparent. He could become the oldest male heir in 30 days. But to become the oldest ever heir, he has to remain the heir for 15 more years to overtake Sophia, Electress of Hanover's record.
Chris Pitt Lewis
2018-03-26 00:32:40 UTC
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Prince Charles is currently the longest ever serving heir apparent to the British crown having been the heir apparent since the Queen's accession (66 years and 46 days as of March 25, 2018). Is it also likely that he could be the longest ever serving heir apparent to any monarch in world history? I guess the chances are very high. Can anybody think of heirs apparent to monarchs in history who have served for a longer time than Charles?
Prince Franz of Liechtenstein was heir presumptive to his unmarried
brother Prince Johann II for the entirety of the latter's reign of 70
years and 91 days from 12 Nov 1858 to 11 Feb 1929, and then reigned
himself from 11 Feb 1929 to 25 July 1938.
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Ind_duke
2018-03-27 12:03:17 UTC
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Prince Charles is currently the longest ever serving heir apparent to the British crown having been the heir apparent since the Queen's accession (66 years and 46 days as of March 25, 2018). Is it also likely that he could be the longest ever serving heir apparent to any monarch in world history? I guess the chances are very high. Can anybody think of heirs apparent to monarchs in history who have served for a longer time than Charles?
Prince Franz of Liechtenstein was heir presumptive to his unmarried
brother Prince Johann II for the entirety of the latter's reign of 70
years and 91 days from 12 Nov 1858 to 11 Feb 1929, and then reigned
himself from 11 Feb 1929 to 25 July 1938.
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Prince Franz's record is perhaps the longest for an heir presumptive. But is there any contender to Charles' record as the longest ever serving heir apparent? Charles could still overtake Prince Franz's record in 4 years and 50 days if the Queen reigns till then.
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