In defiance of custom, which would have made Queen Anne the sole Regent of France, the king decreed that a regency council would rule on his son's behalf.His lack of faith in Queen Anne's political abilities was his primary rationale.Leading contemporaries thus regarded him as a divine gift and his birth a miracle of God.Sensing imminent death, Louis XIII decided to put his affairs in order in the spring of 1643, when Louis XIV was four years old.At the time of his birth, his parents had been married for 23 years.
But attachments formed later by shared qualities of the spirit are far more difficult to break than those formed merely by blood." During his childhood, he was taken care of by the governesses Françoise de Lansac and Marie-Catherine de Senecey.
In peacetime he concentrated on preparing for the next war.
He taught his diplomats that their job was to create tactical and strategic advantages for the French military.
Contemporaries and eyewitnesses claimed that the Queen would spend all her time with Louis.
Both were greatly interested in food and theatre, and it is highly likely that Louis developed these interests through his close relationship with his mother.