14/08/2014 16:59 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Prince George's New Nanny Named Ahead Of Kate And William's Royal Tour


Kensington Palace officials have revealed the identity of the new nanny who will join the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand to take care of Prince George. She has been named as Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

Previously, all that was known about the new employee was that she was a Spanish woman, with Hello magazine speculating she may have been the dark-haired woman recently photographed pushing an infant said to be Prince George in Hyde Park.

The Palace statement also revealed that Maria Teresa trained at Norland College. The prestigious childcare training institute is based in Bath, Somerset, and students there are instantly recognisable for their distinctive brown uniform, complete with Mary Popppins-esque skirt coat, hat and gloves.

"We will not be giving further details on Maria or her employment, except to say that the Duke and Duchess are of course delighted she has chosen to join them," said a Kensington Palace statement released this afternoon.

After George's birth in July last year, Prince William's childhood nanny, 71-year-old Jessie Webb, was brought in to help take care of the little prince part-time. But the arrangement was understood to be temporary, and Webb, who has been a royal nanny for decades, has reached the end of her contract.

It will now fall to Carole Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's mother, to show the new nanny the ropes at Kensington House. William and Kate have been eager to keep childcare a family affair as much as possible, with Carole and husband Michael Middleton their go-to babysitters.

However, we won't be seeing much of Maria Teresa and her new charge on the three week tour of the Antipodean nations, as the young royal will not be making many public appearances alongside mum and dad.

"One or two engagements across the three weeks have been identified as times when the Duke and Duchess might take Prince George along, too," William's private secretary Miguel Head told assembled press.