The children were usually closely watched by a series of caregivers, from governesses to tutors. Victoria and Albert had nine children, who were grouped together in the nursery and school room by birth order. Thus, Bertie, Vicky, and Alice spent more time together than they did with their other siblings. Sometimes Affie was included to give Bertie brotherly companionship.
Despite constant supervision, the children were still able to escape and cause trouble. There are stories of Vicky and Alice covering a servant girl in soot, and of Alice, Affie, and Bertie covertly smoking.