There are very few individuals, let alone entire families that have the same level of security that the British royal family has. With elite-level bodyguards at their service to ensure their safety 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, these people are tied to the royals for such long periods of time that they have a level of trust and appreciation that cannot be matched.
Every member of the royal family has a personal bodyguard to make certain that they’re safe and secure at all times.
They usually have a team of guards that focus on the safety of the royals when attending massive events, however, there’s one specific individual who is assigned to follow them constantly. The bodyguard isn’t consistently beside the assigned royal family member, as it would be apparent that they’re being protected and looked out for. However if at any time a security measure were to ever be breached, a bodyguard would be on the scene in an instant. Next, take a look at the grueling process that one of these specialized agents needs to follow before getting the job.
Becoming employed as a bodyguard for the royal family is a lot tougher than one might think. No matter how impressive a resume the candidates may have, they are still required to be put through an intense assessment that consists of months of coaching before they can be considered.
Simon Morgan, a former member of the Royal Protection Department, says that he went through over seven months of training to prove that he could do the job correctly and up to the standard that is required. Included in the thirty weeks of training are sessions about combat, driving, and an intense focus on the fact that he wouldn’t make a single mistake. You'll be happy to know that women are part of the Royal family's protection team as well...
Female officers are regularly assigned to the female members of the royal family in an effort to make sure that they can be comfortable. Kate Middleton’s bodyguard, Sgt. Emma Probert, has been assigned to the Duchess since 2010.
Before working with Kate, Emma used to be a section of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s security team. After proving to be an elite bodyguard for Kate, Emma was brought in to help train and educate Meghan Markle’s bodyguard. However, Meghan’s first bodyguard didn’t remain with her for long as she decided to give up her position with the security detail. According to People, the decision left Meghan feeling “gutted.” The bodyguards need to be one step ahead, as will be illustrated when Meghan Markle was in a place deemed less safe.
A Step Ahead
The royal bodyguards have to be on task and focused every single moment that they are on duty. Should they lose the focal point even for a second, that could very well be the time when something goes seriously wrong.
In addition, they have to continuously consider the scenario one step ahead of where they are at and where they are going. Retired security officer, Colin Tebbutt, who provided protection for a number of royals including Princess Diana, said, “You find you live their life one step ahead of them.” One time, Meghan Markle’s personal bodyguard quickly removed her out of a crowded market just a few minutes ahead of her planned schedule, just in the name of safety. Next is yet another situation when Meghan Markle was completely unaware of something related to her security.
Imagine making the news just because you did something as simple as closing your car door. Meghan Markle made headlines over what many presume was an innocent act that in her reality is strictly against protocol.
The former actress mindlessly closed her personal limousine door as she exited the car. While it looks like something anyone would do simply out of politeness, it is strictly against the royal rules. According to a royal policy, only bodyguards and team security personnel are allowed to shut the doors after a royal family member exits the automobile. That’s due to the fact security is continuously scanning for any potential threats and danger, so they want to be certain the surroundings are secure prior to shutting the door. Should there be even the slightest hint of concern, then the royal can quickly and safely return to the vehicle before the door is shut. The Queen, however, is used to having others close her doors for her and you'll see just how many people are available to do it.
If you think that the Princes, Princesses, and Duchesses require a lot of protection, just think about what it would be like to be the queen! Queen Elizabeth II has a whole group from the British Army who ensures her protection at all times.
Known as the Household Cavalry, these guards consist of two groups: the Lifeguards and the Blues and Royals. Both teams consist of the most senior regiments of the British Army, so it doesn’t get any greater than them. Prince Harry and Prince William each joined the Blues and Royals as part of their commitment to military service. The Queen knows her guards very well and soon you'll discover why.
Queen Elizabeth II has become very familiar with all of her guards extremely well, serving as both their queen and their Colonel-In-Chief.
After assuming the position when her father passed away in 1952, Queen Elizabeth took the role as Colonel-In-Chief first for The Royal Scots Greys and then the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in 1971. These days, the position of Colonel-In-Chief does not consist of operational practices, but instead ceremonial ones. Rather than officially issuing orders, Queen Elizabeth II would instead perform a key position in staying knowledgeable of the daily ongoing of the regiments and linking them to the royal family. While the Queen knows all her guards well, there is one man in particular worth mentioning...
When Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip on November 20, 1947, police inspector, Alexander Usher, was given the honor of protecting her during the ceremony. Despite being just 35 years old, Usher had already spent almost half of his life committed to the police force.
Usher spent six years as a vital component of Queen Elizabeth II’s security detail, creating such a tight relationship that the family would invite him to special events including household christenings and teas. Elizabeth and Philip even trusted him to watch over their children at times. For his commitment to the family and dedication to the job, Usher acquired the Royal Victorian Medal in 1953 for his work with the royal family. When friends decide to take a road trip, it's usually a carefree affair, but not with the Royal family.
When transporting the members of the royal family, it's absolutely critical that the security team members are paying full attention to their surroundings since they are going through huge crowds of people.
That is the reason the police regularly escort the royals, encompassing their vehicle so that on the off chance that anything occurs, a police presence is already on the scene. In order to avoid any pre-planned attacks, the regal family's drivers don't take similar routes to places as a measure of safety. They attempt to keep away from schedules with the goal that any individual who might be arranging an assault won't have the option to nail down the exact spot they'll be while in transit.
Facing Danger Head On
In 1974, Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter, Princess Anne, and her husband, Mark Phillips, were nearly kidnapped by a man named Ian Ball, an unemployed laborer from North London.
Both Anne and her husband found themselves face to face with the assailant despite having a massive security team. The 26-year-old assailant managed to attack their chauffeur, a journalist, a policeman, and Anne’s private bodyguard, James Beaton. Fortunately, Princess Anne was able to lock herself in her car frustrating Ball to the point that his plans were foiled and he took off running. Beaton’s injuries would require him to be hospitalized, however, he would later be rewarded with the George Cross for his act of bravery.
Considering the substantial amount of security guarding Buckingham Palace, you would suppose it would be not possible for anyone to enter unknowingly. However, that’s precisely what took place in 1982 when 31-year-old Michael Fagan managed to break into the Queen’s home, not once, but twice.
In June, Fagan climbed up a drainpipe and entered in through a rooftop window, then proceeded to wander around before a maid noticed him and called security. Nearly a month later, Fagan returned and climbed a 14-foot palace wall to enter into Queen Elizabeth II’s bedroom through her window. An hour prior to the break-in, Prince Philip had left the palace, leaving the Queen in bed alone. Fagan’s entrance disrupted the queen’s sleep, and thinking quickly, she tricked her intruder into the waiting arms of security.
Armed and Dangerous
Fortunately, there haven’t been many armed attacks aimed at the royals beneath the watchful eye of their security. However, that is not to say that there haven’t been any accidental shootings on behalf of their protective team.
In 1992, Chief Superintendent Des Stout accidentally fired a plastic bullet into his own leg during a training session. Eight years later, Police Constable Michael Slade accidentally discharged his firearm twice, firing real bullets, while on the royal train. Then in 2010, the queen’s security chief fired off his gun by accident while cleaning it. While all of these individuals were reprimanded for their errors, these incidents, while for the most part harmless, prove that even the most elite security officers are human and have bad days.
More Than Just Bodyguards
The members of the royal security team are not just solely dedicated to protecting the royal family, as they are additionally responsible for helping to protect any of their household valuables.
In 1992 when the Windsor Castle caught on fire, Household Cavalry members were among the first on the scene. The fire would cause nearly £36.5 million in structural damages and belongings, including several valuable paintings and furnishings. While officers and volunteers would do their best to save all of the monetary and personal valuables that they could, there were some pieces that could not be saved, including several of extreme value.
A Shoulder To Cry On
Although there are specific boundaries, guidelines, and procedures that bodyguards have to comply with in regards to their duties of protecting the royal family, sometimes these rules get slightly bent and occasionally even broken.
When Princess Diana’s father, John Spencer passed away in 1992, although legally still married to Prince Charles at the time, Diana, who was heartbroken and lost, looked to her bodyguard Ken Wharfe as a support system. Wharfe noted that he “sat on her bed for 4 hours with her crying in my arms.” Wharfe wasn’t the only member of her security team that Diana was close to as when Barry Mannakee, her former personal bodyguard passed away, she stated that the news was “the biggest blow” of her life.
Imagine having to provide security for a member of the royal family while they are surrounded by frat boys and sorority girls. That was the task for Prince William's security detail when he went to study at Eton College.
While many of his college peers were having the best times of their lives, William's bodyguards had to remain focused and serious at all times. At one point, one of the prince's peers was said to have to consider enrolling in a different school after jokingly targeting the Prince with a laser pointer. During a golf trip with friends, Prince William was accidentally hit in the head, requiring medical attention and ultimately surgery, which thankfully his bodyguard took seriously and contacted emergency services.
Loosening The Leash
While Prince William's college security team had knowledge of his whereabouts at every moment of the day, it didn't always mean that they were attached at the hip, as they tried to let him live a normal college lifestyle.
Rather than wearing their traditional formal attire, William's bodyguards would dress in casual attire in an attempt to blend in with the student population, making it a little less obvious that they were protecting a member of the royal family. While William was given his freedom, the security team's members were in constant contact with each other, notifying each other when he left one location and arrived at his destination.
William and Kate Plus John
Prince William and Kate Middleton first met while in college in 2003, but their relationship wasn't as secure as it is now, as the couple would take a break from each other in 2007. However it was just a short time later that the two would reunite and with members of the royal family security team now protecting Middleton, friends, fellow students and fans knew it was just a matter of time before the two would tie the knot.
With eight bodyguards assigned to protect the couple, led by Chief Inspector John Hourihan, even though Middleton was under surveillance in 2008, it wouldn't be until 2010 that the couple would officially become engaged. Five years after receiving his assignment, Hourihan would part ways with the couple and move on to a private security role.
When Prince William and Kate made their marriage intentions known, the future Duchess of Cambridge would receive 24-hour protection by her own security detail, including her own private bodyguard.
In 2010, Seargent Emma Probert would be assigned to work directly with Middleton. After losing her husband just one year before becoming Middleton's personal bodyguard, Probert would find love with another member of the royal family's security team. Officer Colin Childs, who is a member of Queen Elizabeth's unit and Probert would soon find themselves in a romantic relationship.
With the use of the internet and social media channels, which allow people all over the world to instantly contact each other and easily find out personal information, security for the royal family extends to the cyber world as well as in person.
Due to catfishing and hacking, the members of the royal family have to be extremely diligent when engaging in activity online. All members of the royal family's contacts have been given specific guidelines and procedures from their security team whenever they use their social media accounts and if that rule is violated, the post will be deleted and the account will be blocked.
Also Known As
Protecting the royal family does not just mean physically protecting them, but also protecting their identity.
In order to maintain secrecy, and to make sure that information doesn't fall into the wrong hands, their security detail will go as far as using codenames when talking about anyone related to the royals. As there are multiple dukes and duchesses, the security teams will follow up the alias with initials such as "D.C." when referring to the Duke of Cambridge, which is still considered to be secretive enough that it does not give information about one specific individual.
As you've seen, the Royal family's bodyguards have a unique peek into the lives of the Royal members. Another group of people who has exclusive access to the lives of the Royals behind the TV cameras are the nannies. Nannies in particular have a very special role within the Royal Family. They tend to the children both on the grounds of the Palace and beyond the gates. They get an inside look at the daily lives of the Royals, yet they must keep everything a royal secret. Take a look at what nannies say about what it's like to work for the Royal Family.
Caring for Royal Children Is Tough
For parents outside of stardom or royalty, finding a nanny is tough enough. After all, you want someone who is going to love your children and care for them. But, you also want someone who can discipline them when they get out of line.
However, when you are a Royal, there are certain perks. A Royal after all has the pick of the litter so to speak and can choose anyone they wish to watch over the young prince or princess. Most often than not, women are fitted for this role as a caregiver. But no matter whose children they watch over, it's not all rainbows. It's full of ups and downs and, of course, drama.
It's a Demanding Position
To be a Royal Nanny, you must be fully committed to the job. This extends beyond your average 9 to 5 office job. There are also other duties that one must do in the service. In addition to watching over the young ones, nannies tend to care for the pets in the family as well. They are also housekeepers and cooks. Once a nanny is chosen to work for the Royal family, they often continue to serve the house until retirement.
Being a nanny for the Royals is a tough job indeed. Take the headlines back in 2017 when a nanny resigned due to the job being too demanding. The nanny worked for Prince William and Kate Middleton and, despite the fact she made $40,000 a year, along with accommodation within the Palace walls, the requirements of her status were taking too much of a toll. So, she quit.
They Have No Personal Life
One of the most demanding parts of being a nanny is the fact that you have to sacrifice a life. That's right, being a nanny is a full-time position that requires you to giving up having a family of your own. This is only because the Royal family wants a nanny who is dedicated to their job and puts in all their efforts to serve. Of course, if you are living within the Palace 24/7, there is no time outside of your duties.
Nannies are also sworn to secrecy. If a nanny had an outside life, it would be fairly difficult to keep the information from a spouse or other loved one. And of course, there is always the matter of the tabloids trying to get their next scoop. The last thing a nanny wants is to come under scrutiny. It's because of these reasons the Royal Family picks those who are single and without children of their own.
They Live in the Palace
When you are taking care of the next in line to the throne, you can't come and go as you please. The job isn't a regular time card sort of position. Royal nannies are required to be on-call 24/7 to care for the kids. Being such, the nannies live in the Palace to be there day and night for the children. If they have a bad dream, they're there. Or even just for a midnight snack.
Being a Royal nanny requires absolute attention when looking after the children. Nannies dress, feed, and are there for the children for every major milestone in their lives. It's said that Royal nannies are even required to teach infants how to crawl. They do all this and ensure that the parents aren't left out and can experience their child's first steps and first words.
It Takes Years of Training
It's no simple task to raise Royal children and not just anyone can put their name in the hat to be picked. Nannies that serve the Royal family go through years of training to be qualified. Just to be considered for the job, Royal nannies go through at least three years of intense training, as well as formal training just to get an interview.
Many of the nannies that serve the Royal family are graduates of Norland College. Norland College is an elite academy that shapes and molds high society nannies. This way the Royal family can be assured that whichever nanny they pick will be well trained and prepared for the demands of the position.
Traveling With the Royals Isn't a Vacation
Sure, traveling to far off destinations might sound like a great idea. Possibly be able to kick up your feet and relax. But for Royal nannies, traveling with the family is anything but a vacation.
Granted, nannies do meet some pretty high profile people. However, these encounters don't last long. If they are lucky, they can hang around for 40 minutes or so. And sure, they also see a lot of the world that many of us only dream about. But they are working the entire time they are there. Royal nannies don't get any opportunities to wander off to sightsee.
They're Part of a Large Team
Maria Borrallo is the caretaker of Prince William and Kate Middleton's three children. Anyone will tell you that having three kids to look after is a tough job. Luckily though, she isn't the only one looking out for the Royal children.
Aside from their nanny Maria, Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte, and Prince George have the entire staff looking out for them. The staff usually consists of the chef, the cleaning staff, nursemaids, the publicist, and the security team looking after them.
No Physical Punishment Allowed
When it comes to watching over children, a nanny must be firm. This ensures that the children are on their best behaviors, especially in front of adoring fans and subjects. But there is one form of punishment that is absolutely not allowed. Nannies working for the Royal family are not allowed under any circumstances to physically reprimand the children.
If a nanny is spotted administering physical punishment such as spankings, they are fired on the spot. According to a popular saying in Norland, a child is never naughty, only the behavior they display.
Their Living Quarters Aren't Luxurious
Some may think that all the rooms in the Palace are luxurious. However, the living quarters for the employees are far from it. A former employee working for the Royal family stated that the rooms resembled much like university dorm rooms. They were given the basics, and that's about it.
Within the employees' rooms, you'll find a single bed, a closet for clothes, and a sink to wash up. You'll also be amazed to find out that employees don't live there for free. They, like most people, have to set aside a portion of their pay for room and board.
Most Graduated From Norland School
One of the most high-end and prestigious schools is located in Bath. Norland College brings up nannies and teaches them the ins and outs of all aspects of child care. At the school, you'll find that most of the attendees are females, while there is a small portion for males. However, they spend three years of their lives in lectures and practical applications before they are placed with a family.
During their education, the nannies-in-training work with robotic dolls that mimic real-life babies. These dolls are said to cry and even wet themselves to help the nannies become better at child care. The nannies that come from Norland are in high demand. Not just the Royals search for nannies there, but people from all over the world. And of course, their salaries reflect their skills as well.
They Have Special Skills
In addition to undergoing their lectures and basic childcare understanding, the Norland nannies learn other skills as well. These skills may come in handy when working for any celebrity or Royal family.
The nannies from Norland go through intense combat training and are trained in hand to hand combat. They also learn defensive driving to ensure that their children are protected from any situation that may come up.
They Must Really Love Children
Nannies who work for the Royal Family must prove that they love the children they are looking after. The Royal Family wants to ensure that their children are loved through and through just like any other parent would and that the nannies aren't in it just for the perks of the position.
Just to be accepted into the prestigious Norland College, each applicant must write an essay explaining why they want to become a nanny. In the essay, the college wants to see the people who really care for children and who demonstrate a true desire to be with them. You can tell just by watching Maria Borrallo with the Royal little ones that she cares for them and that they share a tight bond.
They Spend a Lot of Time Playing
When it comes to being a responsible nanny, it doesn't just mean keeping the children on a tight schedule. For Maria Borrallo, it includes a lot of time outdoors, letting the children be children at times.
Come rain or shine, Maria ensures that the children have fun. She allows them to get dirty and ride bikes just like normal children. And just like normal children, they go to bed promptly at 7 pm. They also try new food so they don't become finicky eaters.
There Are Secret Staff Parties
There is a lot of speculation about what goes on behind closed doors at the Palace. However, there are some things that happen to ensure the staff is well taken care of, including parties to allow them to blow off some steam.
It's unclear if the nannies partake in such events, and they may refrain from going as to not be seen in a poor light by their employers. It is known though, that these events are a well-kept secret among the staff and only a select few know about the shenanigans that take place in staff quarters at the Palace.
Kate Wanted Her Mom for the Job
Although Maria Borrallo is a well-known and very recognizable presence watching over the Royal children, that wasn't always the plan for Kate Middleton. Instead, she wanted her own mother, Carole, for the role.
Unfortunately, having Kate's mother watching over the children was not ideal as it went against the Royal protocol. Plus, Carole wasn't trained properly to manage the future King. Instead, Maria was hired.
Nanny Poaching Happens
Competition for such a position is fierce. Occasionally, the family members are put at odds with each other when it comes to who should be allowed to pick the nanny. Take, for instance, Prince Charles and Diana.
When the young Prince William and Prince Harry were born, Prince Charles and Princess Diana would get into disputes over who should pick the nanny.
They Receive Gifts
Since the Royal Family receives so many gifts, they often give them away to staff members.
According to a former butler of Princess Diana, Prince Charles would sometimes receive an expensive gift. He would then hand the gift off to a staff member just because the Prince had no use for it. Along with random acts of kindness from the Royal Family, it is said that the Queen hands out gifts each year at Christmas. It is said that the longer a member has been serving, the more extravagant the gift is.
The Dogs Run the Show
Certain areas of the Palace are completely off-limits to staff and there are a lot of rules that they must follow. However, the Queen's dogs have a full range of the house and don't have to follow any rules.
The Royal dogs are free to roam wherever they please and usually have the staff at their whim. Because the dogs aren't house-trained yet, the staff members are ready for the occasional 'accident' and clean it up quickly.
There Might Be Ghosts in Buckingham Palace
When you look at how old Buckingham Palace is and all those who have walked through their sacred halls, it's not surprising rumors have come about of the place being haunted. There are tales that will spook even the bravest of nannies into reconsidering their position at the Palace.
Some people have stated that they believe a monk roams endlessly near the rear terrace of the Palace. Others have stated the private secretary to King Edward VII can still be found in the King's old office on the first floor. Of course, dealing with the supernatural isn't in the job description, but the nannies of the Royal Family may have tales to tell.
They Don't Always Have to Wear Uniforms
The Royal nannies are often spotted in a beige dress, with the signature Norland hat and white gloves, but they don't always have to wear this uniform.
These uniforms are only required for special occasions luckily. One such occasion was during Pippa Middleton's wedding. But when Maria Borrallo is simply being a nanny and playing with the children, she can wear practical clothing. Yet, when they are still in college at Norland, they follow a very rigid dress code.
They Are Aware of the Photographers
Working for Kings and Queens comes with many challenges along with dangers. One of these challenges includes dealing with the photographers eagerly waiting to snap a picture of the young Prince and Princess.
Royal nannies, including Maria Borrallo, must be constantly aware of the photographers and press. However, they must never engage with them or be interested in having their pictures taken and of course ensure the children are on their very best behaviors.
The Job Is Top Secret
Only nannies really know what goes on behind closed doors. They are the wallflowers that blend into the background and keep a keen eye on the little ones. But the closer they get to the family, the more secrets they learn.
In part, nannies essentially become secret keepers and seal those records even in death. If a nanny exposes too much information about their employers, they can get into some serious trouble. Take Queen Elizabeth's nanny Marion "Crawfie" Crawford. Marion divulged her experience in a book about her time working for the Royal Family and was kicked out.
They Grow Close to the Children
Simply by watching Maria Borrallo with the young Royal George, Charlotte, and Louis, you can tell they have a special bond. She loves the children and they love her in return. For most nannies of the Royal Family, they essentially become adopted by the family.
Sometimes jealousy occurs when the nannies grow too close to those they look after. Take Princess Diana and the nanny Barbara Barnes who looked after Prince William and Prince Harry when they were tikes. Both princes were deeply attached to Barbara and when she passed in 2012, Prince William attended her funeral.
They Share Their Knowledge
Nannies who look after the Royal children are highly trained, more so than most parents. In the past, it wasn't uncommon for the nanny to take on the responsibilities of the parent in every regard. However, all this changed with Princess Diana who wished to be more hands-on with her children. Now, modern-day Royals are taking Princess Diana's lead and getting more involved with their children.
Royal Nannies then pass down all their knowledge to the mother and father to help them raise the best Royal they can. Maria Borrello has become somewhat of a mentor and friend to Prince William and Princess Kate and shows them the ropes of parenthood that only the well-trained nanny knows.
They Are Subjected to Background Checks
For any parent looking into hiring a nanny, certain steps must be taken to ensure the safety of the children. The Royal Family, however, takes things a bit further.
To ensure that the press or the public has no doubts about who the nanny is, the Royal Family does extensive background checks before hiring them. Then the nanny must go through another background check every three years to ensure there is no dirt that the press or anyone else can find on the nanny.
Men Can Be Nannies Too
Traditionally, nannies are thought to be women. After all, there is the motherly instinct and all. But men are stepping up and showing that they, too, have what it takes to care for children in this occupation. And while there hasn't been a male Royal nanny, the time might come. After all, there are some men out there who love children just as much as a woman can, so why not?
In 2018, Norland graduated two men from its prestigious college in the 126-year history. The college hopes that more men will step up to the plate and attend Norland in the future.
They Know More Than One Language
When it comes to education, future Kings and Queens are well versed in a lot of subjects, one includes foreign languages. Because nannies are also teachers for the young Royals, they often teach the children different languages.
Maria Borrallo, who comes from Spain, is teaching Prince George and Princess Charlotte Spanish. Another language the children are learning is French. In total, Maria speaks six languages, which makes her the perfect tutor for the young Royals.
They Sign Confidentiality Agreements
It's no surprise that there is a lot that the public doesn't know about the Royal Family. In fact, the selected nannies must sign a confidentiality agreement to ensure that family secrets remain secret.
The agreement means that anyone working for the Royal Family is not allowed to disclose any information about what they see or hear. It is also noted in the disclosure that, when a nanny retires, she can't write a book about her life with the Royals. Essentially, once you're in, everything you see or hear is a secret that you keep with you to the grave.
They Let the Kids Be Kids
Despite the fact that the kids are Royals, they are still allowed to be kids. There is plenty of time later for the young Royals to worry about their future after they had a chance to have some fun.
It's important for the nannies of the Royal Family to treat each child as just a normal kid. The nannies do their very best to ensure that the children are brought up in a normal environment and spend plenty of time outdoors.
They Have a Lot of Experience
Attendees at Norland College learn a lot of skills, but newly graduated nannies aren't thrown into the Royal Family after they graduate. The nannies must have a lot of prior experience before they are even considered by the Royal Family.
Take Maria Borrallo for example. She has nearly ten years under her belt taking care of children. Now, it looks like she will have her hands full helping to raise the young Royals from Prince William and Kate Middleton.
They Are Trained in Etiquette
One of the final classes any attendee of Norland College must attend is an eight-week course that prepares them for life in the limelight that often comes with upper-class families.
One part of the eight-week course is on etiquette. They learn how to eat properly along with how to speak and address people who have titles. They also learn all about body language and many other things to help them find work after they graduate.
They Don't Wear Heavy Makeup or Jewelry
Nannies, especially those who work for the Royal Family, are not allowed to look too glamorous or draw any attention to themselves. The Norland nannies aren't allowed to wear bright colored makeup or lay it on too heavily. They also graduate in modest beige uniforms.
You won't find many of the nannies of the Royal Family flashing bling or wearing any flashy jewelry at all. Many of them keep it simple and practical with only a few that wear earrings.
They Know About Nutrition
Nannies often play a huge role in what the Royal children eat and they are required to understand nutrition. Each nanny fully understands what the growing Royals need and which foods have to be cut from their diets.
Although they don't create the dishes themselves, the nannies do monitor what goes in and tracks the children's food, ensuring they get all the nutrients and vitamins they need.
They're Good Swimmers
Nannies don't only know how to defend off an attacker or have mad driving skills, they are also great swimmers. The Norland nannies learn how to rescue children even in water.
Attendees at Norland College also take a course in lifeguarding, which teaches them everything they need to know to save a child who plays around water. First-aid is also taught so the nannies are well equipped to handle any situation that life throws at them. These nannies are childcare experts and ready to protect the children they care for.