March 15, 2015 2:29 pm
Updated: March 15, 2015 2:31 pm

Kate Middleton travels back in time during Downton Abbey set visit

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) 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.

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As a Downton Abbey and royal fan, there is no greater joy then seeing these two worlds collide. On Thursday, the Duchess of Cambridge took a step back in time, meeting Mary Crawley, Anna Bates, Mr. Bates, and many more of the cherished characters from the famed British drama.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chats to (L-R) 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.

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Having just wrapped their fifth season, which was set in 1924, and now filming their sixth season, the PBS period drama has become a global hit.

One notable actor missing from the day, was Dame Maggie Smith. Smith, who initially planned to be present for the visit, was reportedly taken ill that day. However, Kate was seen laughing with Hugh Bonneville (Lord Grantham), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), Robert James-Collier (Thomas).

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.

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Kate is due to give birth to her second child sometime in April. She looked radiant in a cream maternity coat by JoJo Maman Bebe. She took a tour of the wardrobe department, hair and makeup, as well as listened in on the filming of a scene.

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.

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On Twitter, the hashtag #DuchessAtDownton was used to document the event. As well, on March 12, the official Twitter for The British Monarchy shared a photo of Her Majesty the Queen on a TV set visit of another popular British show, Coronation Street, from back in 1982.

In Downton Abbey Season 2, set during the First World War, the series portrayed how the Abbey was turned into convalescent home for wounded soldiers. In real life, this was very much the case for Highclere Castle (the filming location of Downton Abbey), as well as The Queen Mother Elizabeth (Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon), whose family home, Glamis Castle, was also made a convalescent home for wounded soldiers.

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