Welcome to Downton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Self-professed "Downton Abbey" fan Duchess Kate visited the set of the hit series at Ealing Studios in London on March 12 to meet the cast and crew and watch a scene from Season 6. The show's creator, Julian Fellowes, showed her around while some of the cast members, including Joanne Frogatt, Brendan Coyle and Phyllis Logan, introduced themselves. According to Us Magazine, the Duchess met with people behind the production process as well, chatting with makeup artists, costume designers, seamstresses, set and prop designers.
Duchess Kate, who is eight months pregnant, had an adorable exchange with the youngest star of "Downton," Zac Barker, who plays Lady Mary Crawley's son, Master George. Actress Michelle Dockery was on-hand to witness the exchange.
Unfortunately, Dame Maggie Smith, aka Dowager Countess of Grantham, was feeling under the weather and missed the special day on set, but Duchess Kate got the full "Downton" treatment and was presented with a cake by the show's fictional cooks, Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) and Daisy (Sophie McShera), in honor of the visit.
Here are more photos from the big day, posted by Kensington Palace: