The Duchess of Cambridge visits Downton Abbey

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited Ealing Studios today to celebrate the success of the award-winning period drama, Downton Abbey.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets four-year-old Zac Barker, the actor who plays her son’s namesake, George, in Downton Abbey. Credit: PA pictures

The Duchess of Cambridge was guest of honour today on the set of the hugely successful and critically acclaimed ITV period drama, Downton Abbey.

Upon arrival at Ealing Studios, The Duchess was introduced to the creator of the programme, Lord Fellowes, as well as representatives of the studios and television companies, before seeing different areas of the production process.  The Duchess watched make-up artists at work and met costume designers, seamstresses and cutters in the workshop. She also heard about the design and production process of set scenery.

The Duchess of Cambridge meets Lord Fellowes (centre) as she arrives for a visit to the world famous Ealing Studios in west London. Image credit: PA pictures

Her Royal Highness also met members of the crew and cast, including the much-loved Dame Maggie Smith, who plays Violet, the cutting but witty Dowager Countess of Grantham. The Duchess also met Phyllis Logan (Mrs Hughes), Robert James-Collier (Thomas), Lesley Nicol (Mrs Patmore) and Sophie McShera (Daisy).

The Duchess then watched one take of a scene being filmed in the servants’ quarters for series 6 and a second take of the scene via a monitor in the ‘Video Village’ area, before proceeding to the Servants’ Hall to join cast members, writers and producers in an official photograph.

After walking through a covered walkway showing the history of Ealing Studios, The Duchess attended a brief reception to meet production, editorial and Ealing Studios staff, as well as more cast members including Hugh Bonneville (Robert) and Elizabeth McGovern (Cora), before finally unveiling a plaque to commemorate the visit.

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