|Imperial Grand Prince of the Crown of Istalia|
|Style||His Imperial Highness|
Sua Altezza Imperiale
|Residence||Villa Colonnati, Romula|
|Appointer||HMEIM the Emperor|
|Term length||Life tenure or until accession as Sovereign|
|Inaugural holder||HIH Grand Prince Alessandro|
Imperial Grand Prince of the Crown (Istalian: Gran Principe Imperiale della Corona) is a title created after the proclamation of the Istalian Empire, in 4571, to designate the heir to the Istalian imperial throne.
According to article 13 of the Imperial Constitution of 4571, the title should be used to designate the heir to the imperial throne but there is a debate if consider it as a personal honour or dignity and thus if it is authomatically granted to the heir apparent or presuntive.In fact, a cereminoy is held by the reigning Monarch to invest the heir of the title of Grand Prince of the Crown and before the investiture the heir is never refered as such but just with the title of Grand Prince, like all the siblings of the reigning Monarch.
Actually, the article 31 of the Imperial Constitution allow to the reigning Monarch to designate, always within the Imperial Family, a different heir instead than his or her direct, natural and legitimate descent by order of primogeniture, as stated in the article 10 of the Constitution, and actually the first Emperor, Michele I, opted for this option by choosing the son of his elder brother to succeed him instead than one of his three daughters and marked this decision creating the future Alessandro I as Grand Prince of the Crown. Thus, having the reigning Monarch such a prerogative, the title is used only by the officially invested heir to the throne.
According always with the article 10, however, the failure to be granted the title does not affect the rights to royal succession and, despite until now all those who heredited the throne have been invested by their predecessor, the article seems suggesting that the title should be used for the heir apparent or presuntive also without official investiture cerimony.
The title, finally, is not heritable, merging with the Crown on accession to the throne and then, as said, granted by the reigning Monarch to the Imperial Prince or Princess specifically designated to succeed.
Roles and responsibilities Edit
No formal public role or responsibility has been legislated by Parliament or otherwise delegated to the Grand Prince of the Crown by the law, either as heir apparent or as officially designated.
However, the heir traditionaly often assists the reigning Monarch in the performance of his duties, for example, representing the Emperor when welcoming dignitaries to Romula and attending state dinners during state visits. The Grand Prince of the Crown also can represent the Monarch and the Empire overseas at state and ceremonial occasions such as state funerals.
The Grand Prince of the Crown, instead, as per article 24 of the Constitution, being first in line to the throne, is also the designated first choice for the appointment of an Imperial Regent in absence of a formal designation by part of the reigning Monarch, but only if he is more than 25 years old.
Unlike the Emperor, which official residence as Head of State is Quattroregni Palace, the Prince of the Crown doesn't have an official residence de jure, but Villa Colonnati, a suburban historical Villa in Romula has taken on the role de facto, since it was donated on 25 June 4600 to Prince Nicola, son and heir of Emperor Alessandro I, by the municipality of Romula and then incorporated within the Imperial Crown Household, the agency which manages the official buildings and estates of the crown.