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Prince George’s Nanny Makes First Appearance

04/07/2014 at 09:30 AM EDT

Prince Georges Nanny Makes First Appearance

Nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo

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As Prince George made his bow on the first day of the visit to New Zealand, the new person in his life was quietly watching from the sidelines.

With her hair being blown in the chilly wind of the harbor-side airport, nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, 43, took in the scene along with about 100 members of the world’s media.

Borrallo had left the royal family’s jet slightly ahead of the smiling and waving Prince William, slightly ahead of the smiling and waving Kate and George, and was positioned, with Kate’s right-hand woman Rebecca Deacon, towards the tail of the plane to see the welcome.

She then followed the couple and their entourage into the terminal building a short walk away. Her first job on foreign soil for the couple would come only half an hour later when she looked after the little prince while his parents were given a Maori welcome at Government House.

Prince Georges Nanny Makes First Appearance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George

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Borrallo lives with the family at Apartment 1a, Kensington Palace, and, although she is from Spain, has lived in the U.K. for about 20 years.

Said to be “totally dedicated to the family” she’s working with, she is from a well-to-do family in Spain, and trained at the famous Norland College.

Since joining the family in March she has been spotted pushing the family’s Silver Cross pram in neighboring Kensington Gardens.

The couple were said by a palace spokesman to “delighted she has chosen to join them.”

Prince Georges Nanny Makes First Appearance
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A Royal Welcome! Prince William & Kate Rub Noses in New Zealand

04/07/2014 at 08:20 AM EDT

A Royal Welcome! Prince William & Kate Rub Noses in New Zealand

Kate Middleton at the Government House


A curtsy just wouldn’t do as Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were given a warm Maori welcome at Wellington’s Government House on Monday.

Beginning their three-week tour, the royal couple pressed noses with the New Zealand leaders while they were feted by 35 semi-naked Maoris performing the official welcome – or powhiri. This greeting traditionally determines whether visitors are friends or foes.

After they were driven to Government House from the airport, they were first greeted (hongi, or nose rubs, included) by elders Lewis Moeau and Hiria Hape.

The Duchess, 32, looked slightly startled as three male warriors picked up spears and advanced toward the couple uttering war cries. As part of the welcome, three warriors performed an intricate and intimidating series of martial arts moves before one offered William, 31, a raku tapu dart.

A Royal Welcome! Prince William & Kate Rub Noses in New Zealand

Kate and Prince William are welcomed in Wellington

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With a signal from Moeau, the Prince picked up the dart from the grass, keeping eye contact with the warrior.

The couple were then officially cleared as “friends” and welcomed onto the main grass area.

Where’s Prince George?

Meanwhile, Prince George – who had not been expected to attend the welcome – stayed inside the house with his nanny.

A baby was seen at an upstairs window keeping an eye on proceedings, but it could not be confirmed if it was the 8-month-old prince (and all of his chubby-cheeked glory) watching his parents.

After declaring the royals’ friendly status, the Maori Culture Group then performed a wailing call (karanga) and the haka powhiri (welcome dance).

William and Kate were then introduced to members of the group – but this time with a handshake.

Will & Kate Get Schooled

Governor-General Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine then welcomed the couple to Government House, where they will be based for most of their time in Wellington.

A group of schoolboys from Rongotai College then performed another welcome dance.

From a saluting base, Prince William took the royal salute as the band played both countries’ national anthems.

A Royal Welcome! Prince William & Kate Rub Noses in New Zealand

Prince William and Kate meet school children


Despite the driving rain and icy temperatures, the royal couple brought smiles to the faces of local school children.

“Kate is just so perfect. She is a proper princess,” one girl told reporters. “She said her hair was stringy because of the rain, but it looked amazing to me.”

The girl added: “They said they were really excited to be in New Zealand and they were sorry they couldn’t bring baby George outside, but it was too rainy.”

A Royal Welcome! Prince William & Kate Rub Noses in New Zealand
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Will, Kate & George Land in New Zealand – See The Pic!

04/06/2014 at 08:40 PM EDT

Will, Kate & George Land in New Zealand   See The Pic!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George

James Whatling/Splash News Online

Touch down!

After a brief stop in Sydney to catch a connecting flight to Wellington, Prince William, Kate and Prince George have arrived in New Zealand for the start of the three-week tour that will also take them to Australia.

They landed just after 8 p.m. Sunday New York time – around 12:05 p.m. Monday in Wellington. The historic trip includes visits to 13 towns and cities and 45 separate engagements.

Within 10 minutes of the New Zealand Air Force plane’s landing came the first glimpse of Kate, holding baby George just inside the cabin. She and William then left the aircraft from the back of the plane into the blustery, light rain.

After being met by Prime Minister John Key, they walked across the tarmac at Wellington Airport. George, in a cream-colored outfit, didn’t seem bothered by the weather or the attention of the 100 members of the media – flapping his arms as they walked across the tarmac.

Kate was wearing a scarlet Catherine Walker coat and Gina Foster hat – accessorized by a diamond and platinum brooch in the form of a silver fern, the emblem of New Zealand.

The piece was given to Queen Elizabeth by the “Women of Auckland” as a Christmas present in 1953, during the then-new Queen’s Commonwealth tour to mark her Coronation.

Will, Kate & George Land in New Zealand   See The Pic!

Kate and Prince George

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As she held George in her right arm, Kate waved at some well-wishers pressed against the fence around the airport perimeter.

Despite the long flight from London that began Saturday evening, the young family looked happy and relaxed. William, in a suit, acknowledged the welcome from the top of the steps as they emerged from the plane.

The trip partly mirrors William’s first tour with his parents, Charles and Princess Diana, 31 years ago – when William was practically the same age as his own son.

And while William has certainly also been to Australia and New Zealand as an adult, he is known to be excited at the prospect of introducing Kate to the people and the spectacular scenery he has fallen “in love with,” as one of his staff members put it.

The family will stay at Government House starting Wednesday, after first remaining at an undisclosed private location in order to recuperate from the long flight.

Wednesday’s Government House event will mark George’s first participation in an official engagement, when he joins his parents at a garden party for other new parents – all to mark the work of Plunket, a child and parent support network.

Also on the agenda: the sport-loving and, according to aides, “competitive” couple will help sail American Cup yachts in Auckland harbor and enjoy adventures on wild rivers.

Later, in Australia, there is a potential trip to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, where an enclosure is being named for the new Prince.

Will, Kate & George Land in New Zealand   See The Pic!
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