And not only did he have little time to devote to his son, but the demands of fatherhood made him irritable. Two world wars might have delivered a hammer blow to the cosy, upper-class world of servants and nurseries, but the Royal Family had weathered this development largely unchanged.Philip certainly saw nothing wrong in handing the baby over to nursery staff.
Like her husband, she is by nature physically undemonstrative.
According to Philip's cousin Marina, the Duchess of Kent, he was similarly entranced by the new arrival.
'I am so happy for Philip, for he adores children and also small babies,' she wrote in a letter to her mother.
So let us examine what really happened — but this time from the viewpoint of a mother and father, constrained by duty and tradition, who embarked on parenthood with the best of intentions…Princess Elizabeth was just 22 when her eldest son was born on November 14, 1948, almost exactly a year after her wedding.
To greet the arrival of the new heir to the throne, the bells at Westminster Abbey rang out and a 41-gun salute was fired by the King's Troop Royal Artillery.