“Downton Abbey” Season 6 will get a visit by real royalty. Kate Middleton will make her way to the set March 12, People reported.
Kensington Palace announced Thursday that Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, would visit Ealing Studios in West London. The studios house the sets for the downstairs staff of Downton. Mrs. Patmore’s (Lesley Nicol) kitchen and Mr. Carson’s (Jim Carter) office are all there. Kate won’t be visiting Highclere Castle in Hampshire, which is where the upstairs family films their scenes.
The pregnant duchess will keep her visit brief. It seems Kate will stay behind-the-scenes during her “Downton Abbey” visit, so don’t expect a cameo appearance. She’ll view one take from just off-screen, and she’ll watch another take on the monitors. No announcements have been made about which scene she’ll be seeing, but she might chance upon some juicy drama. Between the breakup rumors swirling around Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) and the possible departure of actress Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” Season 6 is sure to have plenty of jaw-dropping moments.
Kate will likely meet more actors than just those filming. When George Clooney was on set, plenty of cast and crew members showed up on their day off. “I’ll put it this way: I’ve never seen so many female crew members arrive and be on set when they weren’t actually supposed to be. It was very interesting,” actor Allen Leech told E Online.
“Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes will be on set to greet Kate and show her around. She’ll tour all the different departments and “meet everyone from costume makers to markup artists,” People reported. Afterward, there will be a reception for the duchess with the cast and crew.
Prince William and Kate are known to be fans of the period drama. “I actually met the Duke of Cambridge yesterday,” executive producer Gareth Neame told Vanity Fair in December. “He said that he was really looking forward to the episode that we run on Christmas Day [in the U.K.], which is the season finale [for American viewers] ... so we know that William and Kate are fans.”
The Duchess of Cambridge will leave her husband behind on this trip, but members of the royal family have previously made plenty of visits to popular television and film studios. The Duke of Cambridge accompanied his wife and his brother Prince Harry to Warner Bros. Studios in London to wave “Harry Potter” wands in 2013, while Queen Elizabeth II visited the set of “Game of Thrones” last summer.