The name and identity of Prince George’s royal nanny, who will be looking after him when he accompanies Prince William and Kate Middleton on their tour of New Zealand and Australia for three weeks next month, was revealed by Kensington Palace on Thursday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have hired a Spanish woman, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, and the palace said the couple was "delighted" she had joined them. According to reports, Borrallo, who is in her thirties, is the first foreign-born nanny to look after a future British monarch, and has previously worked with families of high social standing.

"As an employee of the Royal Household we would ask, please, that Maria's privacy, and that of her family and friends, be respected," a palace spokesman told BBC. "We will not be giving further details on Maria or her employment, except to say that the duke and duchess are of course delighted she has chosen to join them."

The palace also reportedly said that it was aware photographs had been taken of Borrallo, and informed that these pictures were taken by a photographer who did not have the correct permit.

Borrallo was chosen by the royal couple from a shortlist of candidates put forward by Norland College, a child-care training college in Bath, about 97 miles west of London, and all candidates were interviewed by the duke and duchess before they made their final decision.

Prince George was born in London on July 22, 2013 and was christened in October. Earlier this month, the palace had reportedly confirmed he would accompany his parents on his first official overseas tour, aged eight months.