The Queen only saw her children for around 20 minutes a day, says royal biographer

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

The younger generation of royals are much more hands-on with their children, a royal biographer says, revealing the Queen would only see her children for around 20 minutes a day.

Angela Levin says tells Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box:’“They [Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward] used to see their mother, the Queen for about 20 minutes at tea time, a nanny would bring her in, as it was in Victorian days.

She explains the Queen would have had a night nurse and a day nurse to assist with her four children Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

Elizabeth was just 25 when she became Queen in 1952 and her first major tour of the Commonwealth at the end of 1953 spanned six months. She left her two eldest children Charles and Anne at home, while she carried out her royal duties, often leaving them in the care of nannies or their grandmother, the Queen Mother.

Levin adds: “Nowadays [the royals] are very hands-on and when William took George to see Charlotte and George and Charlotte to see Louis, they were very happy holding his hand or being carried by him and unless he’d put in that work and that time, they wouldn’t, children don’t automatically go to someone if they feel a bit insecure about them.”

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Prince Charles and Princess Anne pictured on the Buckingham Palace in 1956 during Trooping the Colour with the Queen Mother. [Photo: PA]

In comparison, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are much more hands-on with their children than previous generations of the Royal Family, says one royal commentator.

Kate and William attended Trooping the Colour on Saturday to mark the Queen’s official birthday. Their three children Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, four, and one-year-old Louis joined them on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

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Kate, William and Louis at Trooping the Colour. [Photo: Getty]

The duchess carried a wriggling Louis, who waved at the RAF fly-past. He soon reached out for his father, whom Kate passed him to and then William continued to point the planes out to his youngest son.

“When you look at the behaviour of baby Louis and the affection between him and William— You go back a couple of generations and it was literally like waxworks coming out, it was very stiff and there wasn’t much hands-on parenting at all.” former royal editor Duncan Larcombe says.

William takes George and Charlotte to meet their new brother Louis at the Lindo Wing in 2018. [Photo: PA]

The Cambridges have also taken their children on tour with them, including Canada in 2016 and Germany and Poland in 2017.

Larcombe suggests that Princess Diana has had a lot of influence on her sons, as she “hated going on tours without her boys,” and “was a very hands-on, touchy-feely mum.”

Levin adds that Diana would hug and kiss William and Harry in public, whereas the Queen very rarely displays the same level of affection.