Second-in-line: ‘Spares’ have more fun?

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Second-in-line: ‘Spares’ have more fun?

Prince William’s new baby, due later this month, will join the long line of second children born one step from the throne – the so-called spare to the heir. 

Assuring the dynasty’s continuity should the first line fail, the spare can often end up inheriting the throne, as has happened in recent history. But experience shows the younger can often be more wayward and the elder more dutiful.

Here is a look at 6 generations of “spares” and the life that comes the way of a royal number two.

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