Kate Middleton meets the Downton Abbey cast during a visit to the set

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Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets British screenwriter Julian Fellowes and other members of the cast on the set of British television series Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios in west London on March 12, 2015.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers from actor Zac Barker on the set of British television series Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios in west London on March 12, 2015. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chats to Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is presented with a train for Prince George by actor Oliver Barker and actress Michelle Dockery during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is shown the Downton Abbey servants bells by actor Brendan Coyle (John Bates) during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the set-construction department during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets actor Zack Barker during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chats to actress Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) and Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is presented with a train for Prince George by actor Oliver Barker during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chats to Nic Collins in hair and make up as actress Phyllis Logan is made-up (Mrs Hughes) during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge poses with cast, crew and producers of Downton Abbey during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is shown costumes during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is presented with a train for Prince George by actor Oliver Barker and actress Michelle Dockery during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chats to Nic Collins in hair and make up as actress Phyllis Logan is made-up (Mrs Hughes) during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is presented with a train for Prince George by actor Oliver Barker during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is shown constumes during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watches live filming of a scene during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge shares a joke with actor Robert James-Collier (Thomas) during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is shown constumes during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to constume designer Anna Robbins during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets actress Phyllis Logan (Mrs Hughes) in her 'sitting room' during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is presented with a train for Prince George by actor Oliver Barker during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chats to actresses Sopie McShera and Lesley Nicol during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge shares a joke with actor Robert James-Collier (Thomas) during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England. 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chats to actor Jim Carter (Carson) during an official visit to the set of Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios on March 12, 2015 in London, England.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets British screenwriter Julian Fellowes (R) on the set of British television series Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios in west London on March 12, 2015. 
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It is a different world we are all living in this morning, as the Duchess of Cambridge has now, as scheduled, visited the set of Downton Abbey. We presume everyone has been up since six A.M. this morning, watching their homemade mash-ups of Lady Mary-Kate spin-off story lines, and writing Dowager Countess-Duchess of Cambridge-banter-centric fan fiction, in preparation for this occasion.

Kate, who has publicly expressed her affection for the show in the past, arrived this morning in a cream Jojo Maman Bebe coat, and was greeted immediately by Zac Barker, one of two twin four-year-olds who plays Lady Mary's son George (we're not sure why Zac was chosen over his brother for this honor, but we do know that his twin brother is going to doubtlessly need a lot of therapy over the course of his life as a result of this). Kate was then greeted by the show's creator, Julian Fellowes, before she met a receiving line of production crew members. Robert James Collier, who plays Thomas, joked, when Kate entered the hair and makeup trailer to see Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes) getting her makeup done, "You've come just at the right time, Phyllis is about to have her Botox put in," which is as Thomas a comment as we could possibly imagine. (Dame Maggie Smith called in sick today, and was not present on set.)

Here's a shot of Kate with the entire cast, in front of that servant bells switchboard wall. (Mr. Carson is no doubt horrified they couldn't do the photo in the drawing room.) Here she is chatting with Joanne Froggatt (Anna) and Michelle Dockery (Mary). We know Kate is very tactful, but we bet she couldn't help herself from exclaiming, "I'm sorry, I love the show, Anna, but I gotta admit I pick up my phone and open Instagram whenever it's a Bates scene...


And then there is this picture, of Kate, Lady Mary, and Mary's George, which has actually, we've gotten word from the palace, just officially been made the new British flag.


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