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Cambridge’s move to four-bedroom Adelaide Cottage will mean ‘not having a live-in nanny’

Prince William and Kate Middleton’s move to a four-bedroom home on the Windsor estate will mean ‘not having a live-in nanny for the first time in their children’s lives’.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are reportedly set to uproot their family from Kensington, west London, to Adelaide Cottage in Berkshire this summer in order to be closer to the Queen. 

However, their young children will not have on hand because she will live elsewhere, according to The Telegraph.

Ms Borrallo was hired by Kate and William, both 40, to help look after Prince George, nine, when he was eight months old and she now cares for Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, too.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are reportedly set to uproot their family from Kensington, west London, to a four-bed property in Windsor ‘to be closer to the Queen’ 

However, their young children will not have Spanish Norland nanny Maria Borrallo (pictured centre) on hand because she will live elsewhere, according to The Telegraph

However, their young children will not have Spanish Norland nanny Maria Borrallo (pictured centre) on hand because she will live elsewhere, according to The Telegraph 

The four-bedroom Adelaide Cottage (pictured) which has been recently refurbished and is on the Windsor estate

The four-bedroom Adelaide Cottage (pictured) which has been recently refurbished and is on the Windsor estate 

The ‘Spanish supernanny’ trained at the prestigious Norland College which has been producing childminders for the rich and famous since 1892

The ‘Spanish supernanny’ trained at the prestigious Norland College which has been producing childminders for the rich and famous since 1892.

Who is the Cambridges’ Norland-trained Spanish nanny, Maria Borrallo? 

Spanish nanny Maria Borrallo was born in Madrid but grew up in Palencia in northern Spain.

She is a graduate of the prestigious nanny school Norland College and is said to have been nicknamed Santa – Spanish for saint – by those closest to her when she was a youngster. 

Friends in her hometown have previously claimed she would have become a nun had she not ended up pursuing her passion for looking after children.

Spanish nanny Maria Borrallo was born in Madrid but grew up in Palencia in northern Spain

Spanish nanny Maria Borrallo was born in Madrid but grew up in Palencia in northern Spain

Her austere lifestyle made her the perfect candidate to become a servant of God, they said.

Ms Borrallo’s brother Luis did follow a religious pathway, having been ordained a deacon in 2011.

Born in Madrid, but having grown up in Palencia, she is the second of eldest of four children, born to an engineer father Luis, who died of cancer and her teacher mother, Maria Teresa.

She attended church regularly with the rest of her family as she was growing up.

Ms Borrallo left Spain for the UK more than 20 years ago after graduating with a degree in teaching. However she returns to Palencia to see her family whenever she gets a chance.

One of her brothers, Ignacio, teaches private students in the area viola and violin.

He boasts on an online CV he is one of the most sought-out violin and viola teachers in Spain’s Castile and Leon region, with more than 20 years of experience at conservatories and music schools in his home country and Canada.

Her youngest brother Pablo, a teacher, is living and working in the south of France.

Re-erected in 1831, the Cambridge’s new Grade II-listed retreat is just a short walk from St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle, and sits proudly on the 655-acre royal estate in Berkshire. 

Sources close to the family suggest the Cambridges were keen to be closer to the Queen, 96, who has suffered episodic mobility issues in recent months and also secure a good school for their three children. 

George, Charlotte and Louis will be pulled out of their current prep school in Battersea and are all expected to start school locally when the new academic term begins in September.

The move also represents a fresh start for the senior royals and their five-strong family as they continue to cement their place among the most influential members of The Firm. 

One source told the Sun: ‘Kate and William were very keen for a modest home to start their new lives in Windsor. 

‘Adelaide Cottage fits the bill because it is a four-bedroom home and they do not need any more as they have no live-in staff.

‘They had no other demands than a pleasant family home close to schools and the Queen. 

‘They were adamant they didn’t want anything too showy or anything that needed renovating or extra security so as not to be a burden on the taxpayer.’

The move will see William and Kate leave Kensington Palace, which has been their main residence since 2017.

The couple moved their from their country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, where they had previously spent much of their time.

However, as first reported by The Sunday Times in June, the pair will retain their property at Kensington Palace as their London home despite moving to Berkshire. Their press team will remain in west London.

The couple will also retain Anmer Hall, which the paper reports they will continue to use ‘regularly’.

One friend reportedly told the paper that they plan to move there on a more permanent basis after their children are through ‘the school years’.

‘They absolutely love it up there, it’s their happy place,’ the friend is reported to have said.

The move to Windsor means the Cambridges will be near to the home of the Duchess’s parents, the Middletons, who live 45-minutes away by car in the village of Bucklebury.

It has long been reported that the couple could one day move into Windsor Castle.

The Queen has spent much of her time at the Berkshire castle following the death of her beloved Prince Phillip.

However it is understood Prince Charles does not plan to spend as much time there when he becomes king.

Re-erected in 1831, the Cambridge's new Grade II-listed retreat is just a short walk from St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle, and sits proudly on the 655acre royal estate in Berkshire

Re-erected in 1831, the Cambridge’s new Grade II-listed retreat is just a short walk from St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle, and sits proudly on the 655acre royal estate in Berkshire

It has previously been reported that the Prince of Wales plans to spend much of his time at Buckingham Palace during his reign.

Last month the family celebrated the ninth birthday of Prince George and shared a picture of the young royal to make the occasion. 

Tousle-haired and laughing, Prince George simply couldn’t look happier in the official photograph released to celebrate his ninth birthday today (pictured)

Tousle-haired and laughing, Prince George simply couldn’t look happier in the official photograph released to celebrate his ninth birthday today (pictured)

The picture was taken by Kate on a family trip to a UK beach last month after he and his siblings broke up from school.

George and his sister Charlotte have now left Thomas’ Battersea Prep School in south-west London and will be starting a new coeducational prep school in Berkshire this September, along with their younger brother Louis.

George – who posed in a polo-style top with a sandy shoreline and water behind him in his birthday snap – is said to be growing up into a happy, polite and contented boy who is ‘obsessed’ by football and loves being out and about in the fresh air.

He’s also undertaken several public engagements of late – including a visit to the Wimbledon Men’s Finals – as part of a very gradual introduction to public life.

His eventful few months included appearances with his siblings during the extended June bank holiday weekend that celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The young royals were seen on Buckingham Palace’s balcony after the Trooping the Colour ceremony when they watched the fly-past of aircraft, then sat in the royal box with their parents during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

When attending the men’s Wimbledon tennis final with his parents this summer, George greeted ball boys and girls as well as military personnel in the Millennium building, alongside Kate and William.

Adelaide Cottage: The Cambridges’ new 19th century Grade II-listed home nestled near Windsor Castle on the 655-acre royal estate

Re-erected in 1831, the Cambridge’s new Grade II-listed retreat is just a short walk from St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle, and sits proudly on the 655acre royal estate in Berkshire. 

The four bedroom Adelaide Cottage has been used as a grace-and-favour home for royal staff and family friends in recent years.

The cottage underwent major renovations in 2015, which means the Cambridges would not have to shell out millions in remodelling the house. 

But it still boasts original features including a marble Graeco-Egyptian fireplace and a principal bedroom with a coved ceiling featuring gilded dolphins and rope ornament reused from the Royal yacht Royal George.

It also has seven gated entrances and exits to Windsor Castle so the family can come and go in relative privacy.

The property was constructed in the early 19th century as a retreat for William IV’s wife Queen Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen. 

Adelaide Cottage was also known to be a favourite home of Queen Victoria, as she frequently enjoyed taking her breakfast there. 

The four-bedroom home does have a rich and colourful history to draw upon.

Following the Second World War, it played host to a major royal scandal when it homed Group Captain Peter Townsend.

Townsend, the dashing RAF pilot and equerry to King George VI would later become the divorced lover of Princess Margaret. 

Their relationship would be doomed by the Royal Marriages Act which stated no member of the Royal Family was permitted to marry a divorcee while the ex-partner was still living.

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