Missing mummy, George? Prince looks less than impressed as he’s pictured in arms of his nanny for first time…
- The 8-month-old today arrived in Sydney with parents
- The infant looked sleepy after three-hour flight from Auckland
- Met 22-year-old Joscelyn Sweeney on runway who gave him a book
- Was then carried to awaiting car by nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo
- Kate is usually seen clutching onto her newborn
- Maria Teresa, 43, joined the family’s team a month ago
- Was trained at prestigious Norland College
- Kate and William detoured via Opera House while George remained in car
- Trio reunited at Admirality House, where George was given stuffed toy
From their first public appearance together, when she walked out of the hospital cradling her newborn son, we’ve barely seen the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George separated.
But today, for the first time, baby George was pictured not in the arms of doting mother Kate but in those of his new nanny, 43-year-old Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo – and he looked less than impressed.
The 8-month-old prince pulled an adorably grumpy face as Maria Teresa carried him to the car upon the family’s arrival in Sydney today.
The family chatted with waiting fans, including Joscelyn Sweeney, 22, who gave a bouquet to Kate and a book, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie My First Book, to George.
Sweeney, from Vincentia, NSW, who suffers from Down’s Syndrome, was given the honour of meeting the royal trio after her mother wrote to the palace, describing her ‘admiration and affection’ for family.
After his meet and greet, a weary and slightly grumpy looking George, who was dressed in a smart and summery white ensemble, was taken to the car by his nanny – perhaps he was feeling tired after the flight from Auckland.
His parents then headed off to the Opera House, where they met excited well-wishers, before the family reunited and met the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove at Admiralty House, where George looked delighted to be presented with a giant stuffed toy wombat.
Kate and William travelled by boat, while little George took the car with Miss Borrallo.
Feeling sleepy? Miss Borrallo, who began work with the family a month ago, is responsible for keeping the eight-month-old charge fed, watered, rested and happy
THE KANGAROO BACKPACK IS BACK
On his first day of the Royal Tour, Prince George was given a kangaroo backpack as a welcome present.
And it appears the gift is a hit: today his nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo was seen carrying the rucksack just after the royal trio touched down in Sydney.
The Australian Koala Foundation is one of the stockists of the bag that retails at $14.95 and sold out of its remaining stock the day it was given to the young prince.
CEO Deborah Tabart said there had been an huge rush on the cute kangaroo bag.
‘We sold the last ones that morning – we’ve had to take them off the website but we’ll be ordering more.’
With the bag stocked at numerous outlets, Ms Tabart said there was no way of knowing who gave it to the prince.
She offered Prince William an invitation to become the patron of the 28-year old Australia Koala Foundation.
The CEO also offered to extend the invitation to young George. ‘He could be the patron in waiting.’
This isn’t the first time that the Cambridge’s new nanny has been in sole charge of the baby boy.
She looked after Prince George last Sunday when Kate and William went to Dunedin, and she will be in charge of the baby again on April 22 when they visit Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock.
Miss Borrallo, from Palencia, 140 miles north of Madrid, was first spotted descending the steps of the plane onto the runway at Auckland last week, along with three long-standing assistants to the royal couple: David Manning, Miguel Head and Rebecca Deacon.
But the Spaniard’s training at the prestigious Norland College, where fees cost nearly £13,000 per year, will have prepared her well for the job.
The internationally-renowned nanny school drew up a shortlist of suitable candidates after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge approached them looking for a nanny for Prince George, from which the royal couple chose the low-key Spaniard.
They decided to hire a nanny after first relying on help from the Duchess’ mother, Carole Middleton, and the Duke’s former nanny, Jessie Webb, 71.
Miss Borrallo, who is thought to be the first foreign nanny chosen to look after a future British monarch, comes from a smart family of high achievers in Palencia, 140 miles north of Madrid.
When her parents, Luis and Maria Teresa, married in a glamorous Roman Catholic ceremony in Madrid in 1967, the wedding was reported in the society pages of Spain’s royalist right-wing daily newspaper, ABC.
Miss Borrallo was born in Madrid, and is the only girl in a family of four children, with brothers named Ignacio, Luis and Pablo.
Welcome to Australia: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George arrive at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft during the tenth day of their official tour to New Zealand and Australia
A gift for a Prince: George met with 22-year-old Joscelyn Sweeney who gave him a book as he departed the aircraft
The Prince has arrived! Little George draws in all the attention as he meets waiting well-wishers and raises his hands in the air to his fans
Honour: Joscelyn Sweeny, who has Down’s syndrome, was given the honour of meeting the couple after her mother Meg wrote to them
Intrigued: Prince George is greeted with flowers and looks most perplexed as he examines them
Alone time: Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, pose for a photograph during a reception at the Sydney Opera House while George remains with his nanny
And they’re off! The duo speak with police on their boat trip from the Man ‘O War steps at the Sydney Opera House to Admiralty House – George travelled by car
Joking around: The royal pair hold cricket bats presented to them in front of the Cricket World Cup during a reception at the Sydney Opera House
Enthralled: They watched an Aboriginal welcome performance during a reception at the Sydney Opera House
Hello there! Prince William greets guests during a reception at the Sydney Opera House
Hello, Sydney! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge walk down the stairs of the Sydney Opera House as screaming fans wait for their arrival