Taking care of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and now presumably little Prince Louis, is a big job and easily one of the most important. But how much do you know about the woman tasked as the royal nanny? Since 2014, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo has been doing just that, all from behind the scenes where much of the excitement happens.
From holding onto little George in his iconic, goofy faced window snap to keeping the pageboys and flower girls in line during Pippa Middleton’s wedding to the arrival of a third royal baby, Maria has been there through it all. And according to Vanity Fair, Prince William and Duchess Kate have no plans to hire extra staff – Maria’s got it covered!
The loving nanny hails from Palencia, Spain and after studying at Norland College – a school known for training caretakers for England’s most notable families – she joined the Cambridge clan when George was only eight months old. Along with being well versed in security protocols, self defense skills, defensive driving and first-aid training, the Spaniard is even teaching the little ones her native tongue – George, 4, and Charlotte, 2, are already en route to becoming bilingual!
The little royals also owe their stylish wardrobes in part to their caregiver. Princess Charlotte made her debut outside the Lindo Wing in a knit bonnet by Spanish label Irulea, which was a gift from Maria Teresa to the Cambridges. In the years since hiring their trusted nanny, George and Charlotte have been dressed increasingly in clothing from her home country, like cardigans from Amaia Kids and floral dresses from m&h.
While being part of the Royal Family must have its stressful moments, the 47-year-olds allows the kids to just be kids, which is plain to see given the hilarious and heartwarming snaps taken of her and Prince George during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony last year. With the stress of tending to an heir to the throne, though, come major perks. Aside from getting to spend time with the cutest of Cambridges, Maria lives at Kensington Palace and often travels with the family during their royal engagements. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us!