Nanny Maria Turrion Borrallo sported the classic Norland College uniform to Charlotte's special day

By Michelle Tauber
Updated July 05, 2015 02:00 PM
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When the royal family arrived at St. Mary Magdalene church on Sunday for Princess Charlotte‘s historic christening, there were so many winks at the past they may as well have traveled to Norfolk by time machine.

In addition to the vintage stroller pushed by Princess Kate and the traditional outfit worn by Prince George, another key member of the royal family entourage was also sporting a throwback look.

Nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo – who was last spotted holding her tongue-wagging nearly 2-year-old royal charge from a Buckingham Palace window during Trooping the Colour on June 13 – attended the christening in the traditional uniform of Norland College, the prestigious nanny training school of which the Spanish Turrion Borrallo is a graduate.

According to the college’s web site, founder Emily Ward – who established the school in 1892 – introduced the uniform so that Norland Nurses (as the college graduates were originally known) would be recognized as professionals and “not mistaken for housemaids.”

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The “formal uniform” – which differs from the “practical uniform” of navy trousers, blue sweater and blue collard shirt – is perfectly Mary Poppins-esque: a long brown woolen quote and a 1950s-style dress.

Completing the frozen-in-time look: gloves, brown lace-up shoes and a Norland hat.

“In the same way that a professional nurse would be expected to wear a uniform, Norland students are expected to wear their uniform with pride, and to adhere to the strict uniform guidelines,” the site states, noting, “Norland graduates are no longer expected, however, to wear their uniform when working in a family, unless the family specifically wants them to.”

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