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Royal historian: Being 'spare heir' can be difficult

Royal historian Kate Williams has said that being the 'spare heir' in the royal family can be a difficult position.

Dr Williams described Princess Margaret as: "the example of someone who didn't enjoy being number two."

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Flowers for mum-to-be Kate as William arrives in Oxford

Beth Lily Barton presents flowers to Prince William in Oxford on the day that it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child.

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Punters betting on colour of royal baby's hair

Punters are already placing bets on the most obscure details of the upcoming royal birth following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's announcement.

People can predict the baby's hair colour, birth date and whether Kate and William will welcome triplets into the royal family.

One bookmaker is offering 6/4 that the baby's hair will be brown, ahead of fair (5/2), red (3/1) or black (5/1).

There are currently odds of 33/1 the Duchess will give birth to twins and 250/1 for triplets.

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Punters 'bet on new royal baby's hair colour'

Punters are already placing bets on the most obscure details of the upcoming royal birth following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's announcement.

People can predict the baby's hair colour, birth date and whether Kate and William will welcome triplets into the royal family.

Paddy Power are offering 6/4 that the baby's hair will be brown, ahead of fair (5/2), red (3/1) or black (5/1).

There are currently odds of 33/1 the Duchess will give birth to twins and 250/1 for triplets.

Unsurprisingly, bookmakers have described it as "the biggest novelty betting market of the year".

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