'William and Kate more affectionate with their kids than previous generations of the Royal Family'

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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.

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 tells Yahoo UK's The Royal Box.

Royal biographer Angela Levin says: "This is a very different generation, they want to be involved."

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.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth ll, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following Trooping the Colour in London
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
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He appeared alongside his brother and sister on the balcony.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth rides in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth rides in a carriage to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex make their way along The Mall to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as The Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis join other members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Place to acknowledge the crowd after the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge make their way from Buckingham Palace to Horse Guards Parade, in London, ahead of the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
The event marks the Queen's official birthday.
Ce samedi 8 juin 2019 se déroule la parade Trooping the Colour à Londres. Lors de cet événement très attendu et très scruté, une chose frappe l'attention : l'absence du prince William aux côtés de Kate Middleton, du prince Harry et de Meghan Markle.
Soldiers march to attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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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.

Levin says: "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.

"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."

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.

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File photo dated 29/6/1994 of the Princess of Wales arriving at the Serpentine Gallery in London's Hyde Park to attend a gala dinner as its patron. Twenty-five years ago, the Princess of Wales stepped out in her "revenge dress".
Diana and the Queen snapped in good spirits.
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales rides in the passenger seat of a vintage Mercedes-Benz.

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles at William's first day at Eton.
circa 1965: A young Lady Diana Spencer (1961 - 1997), later the wife of Prince Charles.
Prince Charles and his fiancee Lady Diana Spencer with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, 7th March 1981.
Prince Charles  and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales kissing his wife, Princess Diana (1961 - 1997), on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their marriage.
Princess Diana on her wedding day.
(FILE PHOTO) The Prince and Princess of Wales leave St Paul's Cathedral after their wedding, 29th July 1981. She wears a wedding dress by David and Elizabeth Emmanuel and the Spencer family tiara.
A pregnant Princess of Wales joins the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, June 1982. The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Alexandra of Kent and Angus Ogilvy are among the group. 
(FILE PHOTO) The Princess of Wales attends a dinner held by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in Islamabad during her official visit to Pakistan, September 1991.
Princess Diana pictured in a tiara.

Diana looks deep in thought on her wedding day.

Princess Diana smiles for the cameras.
Princess Diana in a stylish evening gown.
Princess Diana and Prince Philip at a polo match in Windsor on July 26th , 1987.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana leave St. Mary’s Hospital in London, with Prince Harry on September 16, 1984.
Princess Diana with her sons William and Harry in 1995.
Princess Diana pictured in a stylish beret.
Princess Diana is snapped in India.
Princess Diana doing charity work.
Princess Diana holding Harry as a baby.
Princess Diana meeting members of the public.
Princess Diana poses in a bikini during a holiday.
Diana beams as she sits with William and Harry.
Princess Diana pictured with young William.
Princess Diana is seen holding hands with her two young sons William and Harry.
Princess Diana with William and Harry.
Diana with her sons in December 1995.
Diana pictured with Charles.

An adorable Prince William and Prince Harry can be seen standing beside their mother, Princess Diana, as a little girl gives flowers to the Queen Mother in 1991.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, kissing Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, at a polo match.
Diana gets involved in a parents' day race.

Diana dazzles in a green frock.

Diana and Charles pictured at a glamorous evening event.
Diana and Charles pose for a formal picture.
Charles and Diana boarding a flight.
Charles and Diana as newlyweds.
Diana sporting a casual look.

Diana wears a tartan outfit to match Charles' kilt for a trip to Scotland.

A young Diana shows off sapphire sparkler.
Diana dazzles in white frock and tiara during trip to the Middle East.
Diana pictured with baby Harry.
Diana poses for pictures with members of the public during a walkabout.
Diana and Charles enjoy a family day out.
Diana pictured alongside a stern-faced Queen.
Diana pictured alongside Princess Anne.
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana Resting Her Head In Her Hands Whilst Sitting On The Steps Of Her Home At Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
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