Michelle Dockery, 37, spoke of the Duchess of Cambridge’s set visit back in 2015
Kate, 37, was six weeks away from giving birth to Princess Charlotte at the time
Downton Abbey star, from Essex, described visit as a ‘really special day for us’
Actress Michelle Dockery has praised the Duchess of Cambridge for being humble when she visited the Downton Abbey set in 2015.
The 37-year-old, who plays Lady Mary Crawley in the hit period drama, revealed Kate Middleton, also 37, made a special effort with everyone when she was given a tour of the Ealing Studios in London.
Revealing the royal was the last person she tried to impress, Michelle told OK!: ‘That was quite something and a really special day for us.’
‘She watched the filming of a scene between me and Joanne Froggatt, who plays Anna, which was nerve-wracking. She met everyone from the drivers to the caterers and the actors; she was wonderful.’
Actress Michelle Dockery, 37, from Essex, who plays Lady Mary Crawley (pictured) in Downton Abbey, has praised the ‘wonderful’ Duchess of Cambridge being humble when she visited the Downton Abbey set
Michelle Dockery (pictured left) and the Duchess (right) pictured during the 2015 set visit at Ealing Studios in London
She added: ‘I’ve never been to Buckingham Palace, but I am as excited as the next person about anything that the royal family do. I was hooked by the royal wedding, of course.’
The Duchess visited the set barely a week after the Countess of Wessex was given a tour with the Mexican First Lady in tow.
During her visit Kate, who was then less than six weeks away from giving birth to her second child, Princess Charlotte, was shown into the wardrobe department and the make-up room before watching a scene from series six being filmed.
The mother-of-three has long been a fan of the ITV drama and famously revealed that she watches the show with husband Prince William during a conversation with actress Jessica Findlay-Brown in 2011.
In the kitchen: The Duchess chats to actresses Sophie McShera (Daisy) and Lesley Nicol (Mrs Patmore) over a cake in the Downton kitchen
Excited: Actress Joanne Froggatt (left) had tweeted about the visit beforehand. Pictured: Kate chats to Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary)
Enjoying herself: The Duchess, seen here with Robert James-Collier who plays Thomas, stayed an extra half an hour
Sharing a joke: The Duchess bursts into laughter during a chat with actor Jim Carter who plays long-serving butler, Carson
In the hair and make-up department Kate met housekeeper Mrs Hughes, played by Phyllis Logan, as she was made up by artist Nic Collins, 44.
She also met Robert James Collier, who plays under butler Thomas. He joked: ‘You’ve come just at the right time, Phyllis is about to have her Botox put in.’
The Duchess, who donned a £69 cream coat by maternity label Jojo Maman Bebe for the occasion, was presented with a posy by Zac Barker, four, who along with twin brother Oliver plays Lady Mary’s son George.
More recently, Michelle Doherty has been busy promoting the hotly-anticipated movie, which is slated for release on September 13.
It tells the continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century.
The TV series, aired on ITV from September 2010 until Christmas Day 2015.
Earlier this year, Michelle couldn’t hide her delight at being able to return to her iconic role as she discussed the new film.
Speaking to In Style magazine, she said: ‘Three years, but it felt like no time had passed at all. [I realised] I’d taken some things for granted. Like driving up to that house [the setting for Downton Abbey], it honestly took my breath away.’
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