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princess royal

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noun

the eldest daughter of a king or queen.
(in Great Britain and, formerly, Prussia) an eldest princess to whom this title has been granted for life by the sovereign.

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Origin of princess royal

First recorded in 1640–50
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princess royal

noun

the eldest daughter of a British or (formerly) a Prussian sovereign: a title not always conferred
(capitals) the title of Princess Anne
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