When Queen Elizabeth II welcomed her first child in 1948, people’s expectations of parenthood were very different to what they are today. In fact, looking back, aspects of the monarch’s relationship with her offspring might look pretty odd to modern eyes. But whether or not she was a good parent is something that even her own children can’t seem to agree on.
For the most part, royal parenting is something that has taken place firmly behind palace doors. But in recent years, the newest generation of the British monarchy have happily played moms and dads in public. Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, seem eager to give their kids as “normal” a childhood as possible.
For instance, William has been a hands-on dad from the very beginning. Unlike many royal fathers before him, he was present at the birth of his first child, Prince George, in 2013. And the doting dad was also in the labor room to see his subsequent children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, arrive in the world.
But while there are some traditions William and Kate have rejected, there are others that they’re expected to follow. For instance, protocol dictates that they and other royals have to tell the Queen of their children’s births prior to anyone else. And it’s also custom for them to announce their new arrivals by means of a royal proclamation which is displayed outside Buckingham Palace on an easel.
Of course, times change and these days, royal births are also simultaneously announced on the monarchy’s official social media accounts. All the same, it’s customary for royals to present their children to the public a few days after their birth. As such, William and Kate posed with all their three babies outside the Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s Hospital. After his birth in 2016, meanwhile, Harry and Meghan showed Archie Mountbatten-Windsor off via an appearance in Windsor Castle.