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    Andrew and Edward

    In 1960 the Queen became a mother again with the arrival of Andrew, and four years later her youngest son Edward was born. The ten-year gap between the elder children and her youngest sons is often attributed to the fact that the monarch was so busy during her early years on the throne.

    By the time Charles' brothers came along the monarch's schedule was more relaxed and the Duke of York recalls growing up in an atmosphere of "wonderful fun" with roller-skating and games in Buckingham Palace's state apartments. It also meant there was time for the royal mum to spend her evenings reading bedtime stories to Edward, the child courtiers referred to as "her baby".

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