In an era where the line between public figures and their private lives blurs, the role of a nanny caring for royal children becomes a subject of fascination. The royal children are well cared for by their specialist nanny.

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Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte at the Trooping the Colour during Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee on June 02, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Prince George, Prince Louis, and Princess Charlotte at the Trooping the Colour during Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee on June 02, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

The royal children require a level of care and protection not common with many other children. Enter Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, the Spanish-born nanny with an impressive resume, including a diploma from Norland College—often referred to as the Harvard for English nannies.

Maria Borrallo at the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Maria Borrallo at the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

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Borrallo’s appointment to care for Prince William and Princess Catherine’s children underscores the blend of tradition and modernity that characterizes the British Royal Family today.

Maria Borrallo at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England | Source: Getty Images

Maria Borrallo at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark’s Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England | Source: Getty Images

When Prince George was born in July 2013, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, understanding the unique demands of their roles and the importance of a stable childhood for their firstborn, enlisted the services of Borrallo.

Princess Catherine and Prince William leaving the The Lindo Wing with their newborn son, Prince George, at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Princess Catherine and Prince William leaving the The Lindo Wing with their newborn son, Prince George, at St Mary’s Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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By the time Prince George was two, his sister, Princess Charlotte, had joined the family, and Borrallo’s responsibilities expanded to include the newest Cambridge.

Princess Catherine and Prince William leaving the the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with their new born baby daughter, Princess Charlotte on May 02, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Princess Catherine and Prince William leaving the the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital with their new born baby daughter, Princess Charlotte on May 02, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

The choice to hire Borrallo was influenced by the Duchess’s desire to be a hands-on mother, with Borrallo providing support when necessary.

Maria Borrallo at the Plunkett's Parent's Group at Government House on April 9, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand | Source: Getty Images

Maria Borrallo at the Plunkett’s Parent’s Group at Government House on April 9, 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand | Source: Getty Images

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The Spanish native, recommended to the royal family, soon became an integral part of the Cambridge household, reflecting the trust and affection the family places in her.

Princess Catherine, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Queen Elizabeth II and Maria Borrallo at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England | Source: Getty Images

Princess Catherine, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Queen Elizabeth II and Maria Borrallo at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King’s Lynn, England | Source: Getty Images

Borrallo’s background is as intriguing as her current role. Educated at Norland College in Bath, located 100 miles west of London, she underwent extensive training in a program that balances traditional childcare methods with modern security techniques.

A front view or Norland College in Bath, England on February 18, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

A front view or Norland College in Bath, England on February 18, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

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This prestigious institution, founded in 1892, has earned its nickname, the Mary Poppins school, because its graduates are considered to be among the best nannies in the world. They are trained in everything from defensive driving and security awareness to the essentials of caring for a future monarch.

A trainee Norland Nanny practices making up a Moses basket in the practical skills area at Norland College, England on February 18, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

A trainee Norland Nanny practices making up a Moses basket in the practical skills area at Norland College, England on February 18, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

Norland nannies, like Borrallo, are recognizable by their distinctive Edwardian brown uniform, complete with a bow tie, felt hat, and white gloves—a uniform that has remained largely unchanged since the college’s inception.

Trainee Norland Nannies in the college garden in Bath, England on February 18, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

Trainee Norland Nannies in the college garden in Bath, England on February 18, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

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This attire is not just about tradition; it signifies the high standards and the comprehensive training that Norland nannies undergo. From learning to push the large Silver Cross prams favored by the royals to mastering cloth diaper folding and opting for cotton wool over wipes for the most gentle baby care, Borrallo’s training ensures she is equipped for every aspect of childcare.

A Norland Nanny carrying two of her charges in October 1999 | Source: Getty Images

A Norland Nanny carrying two of her charges in October 1999 | Source: Getty Images

Moreover, the training at Norland includes skills that seem more at home in a spy thriller than a nursery. Taekwondo, evasive driving maneuvers to escape paparazzi, and techniques to ward off would-be kidnappers are all part of the curriculum.

Trainee Norland Nannies during a cooking lesson at Norland College , England on February 18, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

Trainee Norland Nannies during a cooking lesson at Norland College , England on February 18, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

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These skills are not taught for their sensational value but to prepare nannies for the realities of caring for children in the most scrutinized families on the planet.

Two Norland Nannies discuss options and benefits of the traditional carriage pram at Norland College, England on February 18, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

Two Norland Nannies discuss options and benefits of the traditional carriage pram at Norland College, England on February 18, 2013 | Source: Getty Images

The college’s motto, “love never faileth,” underscores that despite the rigorous and diverse training, the core of a Norland nanny’s role is to provide loving, empowering care that fosters the child’s growth.

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Borrallo joined the Cambridge family in 2014 when George was about eight months old. Since then, she has been a constant presence in the lives of George, Charlotte, and later, Prince Louis, often spotted in her Norland uniform at public events, including Princess Charlotte’s christening. Her dedication and the high standards of care she provides are a testament to her training and her personal commitment to the family she serves.

Maria Borrallo, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte watch from a window of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Maria Borrallo, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte watch from a window of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

The Norland training program is intense and highly competitive. With courses covering everything from practical childcare skills to self-defence and high-speed driving, it prepares nannies for every conceivable situation.

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The fact that Borrallo was selected from such a program speaks volumes about her professionalism and the trust the Duke and Duchess place in her.

Maria Borrallo and Queen Elizabeth II with Prince George at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England | Source: Getty Images

Maria Borrallo and Queen Elizabeth II with Prince George at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King’s Lynn, England | Source: Getty Images

Yet, for all her skills and the intrigue that comes with her training, Borrallo remains a discreet figure, dedicated to the well-being of the Cambridge children.

Prince George, Maria Borrallo, and others watch the Trooping The Colour from the window on June 13, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Prince George, Maria Borrallo, and others watch the Trooping The Colour from the window on June 13, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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Her role, blending traditional nanny duties with the unique demands of caring for royal children, reflects the modern Royal Family’s balancing act between their public duties and private lives.

Maria Borrallo, Princess Charlotte, and Theodora Williams at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Maria Borrallo, Princess Charlotte, and Theodora Williams at the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Borrallo’s integration into the royal household extends beyond her professional duties; her ability to seamlessly blend into the family dynamic, respecting their privacy while providing unwavering support, highlights her adaptability and dedication.

This balance of professionalism with personal warmth has made her an indispensable part of the Cambridge family’s life. A royal commentator has even observed, “Other than his parents, Prince George’s nanny is the person who knows him best in the whole world.”

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Prince George, Maria Borrallo, and others watch the Trooping The Colour from the window on June 13, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Prince George, Maria Borrallo, and others watch the Trooping The Colour from the window on June 13, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Norland College’s commitment to blending time-honored childcare methods with skills like defensive driving and martial arts underscores the comprehensive nature of its program, preparing nannies for the complexities of modern childcare, including those in the public eye.

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The role of a royal nanny, as exemplified by Borrallo, plays a significant part in shaping public perceptions of the royal family. Her presence, often captured in media photographs and public appearances, contributes to the narrative of a family that values tradition, professionalism, and the well-being of its youngest members. Borrallo, in her traditional Norland uniform, becomes a symbol of this commitment.

Maria Borrallo at Christmas lunch for members of the Royal Family hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on December 16, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Maria Borrallo at Christmas lunch for members of the Royal Family hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on December 16, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

While the core responsibilities of nurturing and protecting royal children remain unchanged, the skills and training Borrallo possesses reflect the modern challenges and scrutiny faced by today’s royal families.

Maria Borrallo, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte the wedding of their aunt Pippa Middleton to James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, West of London, on May 20, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Maria Borrallo, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte the wedding of their aunt Pippa Middleton to James Matthews at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, West of London, on May 20, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Although the royals are close with Borrallo, at the end of 2022, they were without her for the first time. After having been with the family for years, and even teaching Princess Charlotte her native language, Borrallo had to move out as the family’s new residence did not have space for her.

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