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Kate gets VIP service from cast of Downton Abbey

The Duchess of Cambridge got VIP treatment from the cast of Downton Abbey as she visited the set today.

Eight-months pregnant Kate met all the lead characters apart from Dame Maggie Smith, who was unable to attend because of illness.

The kitchen staff baked her a cake and the footmen even offered to clean her shoes, joking: "You can take advantage of our services if you like".

Downton fan Kate is credited with boosting the ITV show's popularity in America after mentioning she liked the drama.

ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports:

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Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones in Golden Globe battle

Downton Abbey will face off against Game of Thrones at the Golden Globes as they compete for Best Television Series Drama.

Downton Abbey has been nominated for Best Television Series Drama. Credit: ITV/Downton Abbey

The Affair, The Good Wife and House of Cards are also nominated.

Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt gets Golden Globe nod

Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series.

Joanna Froggett plays lady's maid Anna in the ITV series Downton Abbey. Credit: John Phillips/EMPICS Entertainment

Uzo Aduba, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney and Michelle Monaghan were also nominated for the award.

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