The Spanish supernanny who rocks the royal cradle

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Spanish supernanny who rocks the royal cradle

Now hardly able to avoid the limelight, María Teresa Turrión Borrallo from Palencia, a hundred miles north of Madrid, is being hailed as a Spanish Supernanny.

Hardly surprising as, with the recent birth of Prince Luis, she is now responsible for the three children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, one of whom is eventually destined to become king.

Hardly surprising as, with the recent birth of Prince Luis, she is now responsible for the three children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, one of whom is eventually destined to become king.

Taken on as the nanny for Prince George four years ago, when he was just eight months old, she then became the nanny of his sister, Princess Charlotte and then, a couple of weeks ago, with the arrival of Prince Luis she is now being referred to in Noble circles as the Mary Poppins of the Royal Household, the Royal Supernanny.

Said to be married to her job, 47 year old Maria was trained at the exclusive Norland College in Bath, one of the most fashionable colleges in the world in terms of child care. The academy has long provided caregivers for the children of the British aristocracy, as well as to those of multi-millionaires and many international celebrities, including Rolling Stone Mick Jagger.

“The nannies are taught everything from defensive driving to security issues to how to care for a future king or queen,” royal commentator Victoria Murphy told the press shortly after the birth of Princess Charlotte. “So [Borrallo] just really knows everything that you could possibly need to know about bringing up a child.”

Maria is said to have been one of its star pupils and, after working for several high-society families in London, she was recommended to the Duke and Duchess for the job at Kensington Palace.

Although little is ever said, Princess Kate is understood to be extremely happy with her supernanny although currently of some concern is the possibility, after over 4 years in post, of Maria moving on. Nannies who work for aristocratic or very wealthy families typically do not last more than five years. But Borrallo is described by people who know her as “married to her job.”

Of course the Spanish press are decidedly proud of Maria’s appointment to the Royal Household and especially the benefits she covertly brings to the Spanish fashion industry.

Dressed by their nanny the children are regularly seen wearing children’s clothing manufactured in San Sebastian, Valladolid or other Spanish firms that are based in London. Since George first wore a coat by the Spanish manufacturer Pepa & Co two years ago, articles on clothing worn by the children have been recurrent both in Spain and in the United Kingdom.

Importantly her fashion choices have always been accepted with grace by Kensington Palace, a sign that the children, their parents and the Supernanny get along very well.

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