The baby clothes worn by Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana during her first photo op last Saturday were bought at a boutique in San Sebastián, in northern Spain.
Ayago and Susana Villar, the owners of Irulea, did not immediately realize that the new daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was wearing one of their outfits.
“One of our customers told us about it,” Ayago Villar says. “She told me that the princess was wearing one of our bonnets. After watching the images we started putting two and two together and realized that it was true, that the bonnet, the sweater and the booties had been purchased here.”
Everything she bought was either white or off-white, because she said she did not know the baby’s gender” Ayago Villar, co-owner of Irulea
Since the news broke, people have been dropping by their establishment in the Basque coastal town, once a holiday destination for Spain’s own royals, Villar adds.
An unidentified woman got in touch with the boutique owners through Facebook, requesting pictures of baby clothes. Later, the individual showed up in person to buy several handmade outfits.
“Everything she bought was either white or off-white, because she said she did not know the baby’s gender,” recalls Villar.
The proprietors believe that the woman may have been in contact with someone close to the British monarchy, and was possibly a relative of María Teresa Turrión Borrallo, Prince George’s Spanish nanny.
“She never mentioned anything, or told us who she was. But she was a charming person,” recalls Ayago Villar.
Irulea is a family-run business that was founded in 1932 by Susana and Ayago’s grandmother. The boutique specializes in hand-made baby and children’s clothes as well as ladies’ hosiery.
In 2014, Turrión Borrallo became the first foreigner in history to be placed in charge of caring for a member of the British royal family.