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The royal tour entourage: From super nanny to stylist, the 12-strong team joining the Cambridges in Canada

Mirror Mirror 26/09/2016 By Victoria Murphy

From the super nanny to the trusted hairdresser to the indispensable PA and a stylist, William and Kate are taking their top team to Canada.

When the royal parents touch down with George and Charlotte on Saturday they will have the support of a 12-strong team of experts to make sure their tour runs as smoothly as possible.

A lot has changed since they first visited Canada in 2011 as newlyweds taking just seven staff with them.

Their family has grown and so has their entourage.

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Some of the staff who will board their Royal Canadian Air Force Plane are close personal aides - such as nanny Maria Borrallo and hairdresser Amanda Cook Tucker.

Others there to support their official duties include three private secretaries, four press secretaries a tour secretary, a PA and an operations manager.

And of course they will also have their round-the-clock team of Scotland Yard protection officers.

Unusually, they will be leaving behind advisor David Manning, but here’s the lucky 12 who have made the cut for the latest royal tour and what they’ll be up to over the pond.


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Since starting work for William and Kate in 2014 when George was around six months old, Maria Borrallo has become an indispensable member of their family, with Kate telling friends she is “amazing”.

Living with the Cambridges in Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall, the 45-year-old Norland nanny will be well-prepared to take charge when the royal parents spend the day carrying out engagements .

She will be able to take George and Charlotte swimming in the private pool in Government House where they will be staying help them explore the 36 acres of grounds with features including a duck pond.

Often spotted out and about in parks and farms in the UK, Spanish-born Maria may also decide to take her young charges out for the day in Victoria which boasts attractions including a bug zoo and a maritime museum.

Next... meet the hairdresser.


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Kate has been relying on the services of Amanda Cook Tucker since the tour to Singapore and Malaysia in 2012 and likes her so much the royals pay for her to come along.

Responsible for styles including the chic knotted chignon up-do Kate debuted for a Bollywood evening in Mumbai and an expert at Kate’s staple glossy blow-dry , Amanda is on hand every morning and throughout the day for touch-ups.

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The 53-year-old was at the Lindo Wing after the births of George and Charlotte and also trekked up a mountain in Bhutan to make sure Kate’s tresses were perfect when she faced the cameras.

With a casual theme to this tour, Amanda is likely to be keeping Kate’s hair down or in a simple ponytail most of the time.

However, she could get more creative with a glamorous up-do for a diplomatic reception in Victoria. 

Next... meet the personal assistant and stylist.


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Described by Kensington Palace as a PA, Natasha Archer is Kate’s right-hand woman who also influences her style.

Visitors to the west London palace will often spot packages from dress designers addressed to Natasha as she picks out the best outfits and organises the royal tour wardrobe.

Recently engaged to photographer Chris Jackson, Natasha, 30, is as discreet as she is organised and is always perfectly groomed.

Usually seen disembarking the royal plane carrying cases and makeup and dress bags, she will spend the tour arranging Kate’s jewellery and outfits for the day ahead as well as assisting with anything the family needs.

Next... meet the private secretaries.


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For the first time the Cambridges will be taking not two but three private secretaries abroad with them.

William’s right-hand man Miguel Head, 37, has been working alongside William and Kate right from the beginning of their royal life and knows them inside out.

He is joined by Kate’s Private Secretary Rebecca Deacon, 34, who quietly worked her way up to her pole position after catching the eye of the royal household when she worked on the Princess agne concert in 2007.

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The third addition to the team is Laura Baker, William’s Assistant Private Secretary who used to work with Prince Charles.

Responsible for accompanying their principles to and overseeing all engagements as well as briefing the royals beforehand, they can often be seen laden with gifts and flowers handed over by the crowds.

Next... meet the press secretaries


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A whopping four press secretaries will join the royals on their eight-day trip - reflecting the huge interest both from UK and Canadian media.

Headed by Jason Knauf, who was appointed as Press Secretary a year ago, the team will manage all media logistics and aim to get the best coverage possible for William and Kate.

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Senior Communications Officer Katrina McKeever and Press Officer Charlotte Poole both travelled to India in April and they will be joined by a fourth new addition to the team who will be announced on arrival.

The royal press officers also have the very important task of running the Kensington Palace Twitter feed and other social media accounts.

Often seen joining the media pack taking pictures on their phones and tweeting, they also get access for some of the best behind-the-scenes tweets.

One thing you won't see them tweeting is what Kate is wearing, though, as they prefer to stick to the royals' work and not their wardrobes.

Next... meet the secretary and operations manager.

The Secretary and Operations Manager

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Very much in the background but key to the tour organisation will be Rebecca Deacon’s assistant Emma Mager and an unnamed operations manager.

Keeping things running smoothly and providing extra assistance to the private secretaries, their presence takes the total entourage to 12.

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