You likely heard earlier this month that Duchess Kate Middleton was visiting the set of “Downton Abbey” season 6, and now, that visit has officially happened. The royal, who is expecting her second child with William, visited the show’s studios in London on Thursday. (While the upstairs scenes are filmed at the famed Highclere Castle, all of the footage featuring the maids and the folks downstairs are filmed in London, where they can better replicate the time period.)
This visit was, at least for the most part, exactly what you would expect. Middleton spent time talking with the cast, and praising the series overall for its contributions. “Downton Abbey” is entertainment first and foremost, but it has exposed the world to a time in British history where it was not always at the forefront of conversation. It exposes the culture, and it also provides jobs to many people all over England. One of the duties of the Royal Family is to help recognize those making positive contributions to the country, and this series is one of them.
Many of the show’s cast were in attendance, even including a few who were not even working on that day. Speaking to People Magazine, Laura Carmichael (who was in her modern clothing, while many of her co-stars were in costume) explained what an honor it was to meet Middleton:
“It was a surreal and exciting experience to be at work and be visited by a member of the royal family … She has watched the show and loves it and that’s really lovely.”
Meanwhile, Sophie McShera shared a funny moment about having Middleton in a place where she spends the majority of her time on set:
“She spent the longest time in the kitchen, so me and Lesley [Nicol] are taking that as a compliment.”
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