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As the fifth son and sixth child of King George V, it would be a long shot for Prince John to ascend to the throne. The cherubic blond boy would never have to worry about the responsibilities that could come with the monarchy, though. Instead, Queen Elizabeth’s uncle wouldn’t see past the age of 13.

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Much of Prince John’s early life took place at Sandringham, the royal family’s Norfolk, England-based country house. Although his parents treated him warmly and visitors lauded the young boy’s charm, things started to shift for John around the age of four. His family decided to leave him at Sandringham, where he would spend the remainder of his life.

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