All four of her children were born at either Buckingham Palace or Clarence House, with makeshift maternity wards set up and doctors brought in. Per custom at the time, Prince Philip wasn't present for the birth of Prince Charles. To get rid of pent-up energy, he outside until he was allowed to come in.
After becoming a mother for the first time at age 23, the Queen gave birth to Princess Anne just two years later in 1950. But her father's subsequent death forced the young royal to then focus on her new role as sovereign. She waited until 1960 to welcome Prince Andrew and Prince Edward would arrive in 1964.
As a new monarch, she didn't show much public affection for her two oldest children, once greeting a 5-year-old Charles and 3-year-old Anne with handshakes after a five-month tour. But the time Andrew was born, the Queen changed: "Evidence suggests she became warmer and more flexible as time went by," historian Robert Lacy told .
The Duchess faces less protocol than a reigning monarch, and modern norms allow her to act more naturally with her children. Not only does she soothe their temper tantrums and tote them around, but she and William often get on eye level. "This behavior shows that their children are their primary focus," says body language expert .
The Duke and Duchess embarked on a Commonwealth tour of their own as young parents, but they chose to bring 9-month-old Prince George with them. His adorable antics in Australia and New Zealand .
Smart shoes, coats, and socks dominated the siblings' wardrobes for public appearances, but the dress code before the Queen's time used to be even stranger. Until the early 19th century, well-to-do boys would wear gowns or dresses until the age of 8, etiquette expert Grant Harrold tells .
The Queen faced criticism for her reserved nature with her children, but she didn't comment much on the intense scrutiny. It's clear that she takes the role very seriously though. Back at an awards ceremony in 2012, Kate Winslet told the Queen she "loves being a mum" even more than being an actress, to which the monarch : "Yes. That's the only job which matters."
The Duchess admits that motherhood, while "rewarding and wonderful" can be "a huge challenge." "There is no rulebook, no right or wrong; you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family," at an event supporting mental health services for families.
Like royal children before him, (nicknamed "Mispy") during his early years. He became the first one to receive education outside of the palace however, when the Queen enrolled him in Hill House School in 1957.
Among the interests the monarch passed on to her kids was a love of horses. Anne even became an Olympic-level equestrian! The Queen also enrolled her children in Girl Guides and promoted plenty of sports such as polo.
The future King and Queen of England are already doing things a little differently despite royal tradition.