prince of the blood

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prince of the blood

noun Someone, especially a male, with direct hereditary lineage to a monarch. Being a prince of the blood, he knew his actions and behavior would be scrutinized at every stage of his life. The police said they would not investigate a prince of the blood under any circumstances.
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prince (or princess) of the blood

a man (or woman) who is a prince (or princess) by right of their royal descent.
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Half of it should consist of nobles, who should fill all the places up to Major-General, and serve gratis and pay their own expenses; and they would be glad to do this when they should learn that the rest of the regiment would consist exclusively of princes of the blood. These princes of the blood should range in rank from Lieutenant-General up to Field Marshal, and be gorgeously salaried and equipped and fed by the state.
They had the bloom of health and happiness; and yet, as if I had been in charge of a pair of little grandees, of princes of the blood, for whom everything, to be right, would have to be enclosed and protected, the only form that, in my fancy, the afteryears could take for them was that of a romantic, a really royal extension of the garden and the park.
The empress, and young princes of the blood of both sexes, attended by many ladies, sat at some distance in their chairs; but upon the accident that happened to the emperor's horse, they alighted, and came near his person, which I am now going to describe.
Under favoring circumstances, Isabel's maternal grandfather might have been Archbishop of Canterbury, and have taken precedence of the whole House of Peers, the Princes of the blood Royal alone excepted.
The republican missionaries of Oahu cause to be gazetted in the Court Journal, published at Honolulu, the most trivial movement of 'his gracious majesty' King Kammehammaha III, and 'their highnesses the princes of the blood royal'.* And who is his 'gracious majesty', and what the quality of this blood royal'?--His
Religious divisions among the princes of the blood between the ultra-Catholic Guises and the Huguenot Bourbons made finding peace or governing effectively nearly impossible.
Shared only with the princes of the blood, it provided the Lorraine-Guise a concrete instrument for exercising influence at court.
The latter would be appeased if the Lorrainers and their stooges were replaced by a proper council with the Bourbon Princes of the Blood at its head."
As a result, another theme, the division among the Princes of the Blood (civil war had broken out in 1410) becomes primary.
It was plain as soon as I was ushered into each man's presence that these were not mere business leaders, but princes of the blood. (Years later, I traveled to New Delhi to interview India's ill-fated prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and was struck by the relative lack of ceremony the head of state commanded compared with the grandsons of America's so called robber barons.)
On the Guise power-base Jean-Pierre Babelon begins with a review of their background and carefully cultivated connections; the constant ambition of the family is demonstrated by Arlette Jouanna in a skilful analysis of their disadvantage in not being princes of the blood and the strategies by which they sought to raise their status, by Richard Cooper on their hopes, entertained under Claude and Francois, of acquiring Italian fiefs, and by Laurent Bourquin on their connections with the order of Saint Michel.
The rose has been an emblem of England since the time of the Wars of the Roses, a contest that lasted thirty years, in which eighty princes of the blood, a large portion of the English nobility, and some one hundred thousand common soldiers were slain.