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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 cooks admit to Kate: We can't cook

The Duchess of Cambridge was presented with a cake by Downton Abbey cooks Mrs Patmore and Daisy on her visit to the show's studios today, but the stars admitted they didn't bake it themselves.

"Are you both fantastic cooks?" the Duchess asked actors Lesley Nicol and Sophie McShera on receiving the chocolate cake.

"You wouldn't want it if it was cooked by us," joked Nicol.

Downton team leave 'HRH' tribute for Duchess

Kate watches filming of series six of Downton Abbey.

The Duchess of Cambridge watched filming of a new episode of Downton Abbey as she visited Ealing Studios today.

The label on the Duchess' headphones read 'HRH'.

To mark her visit, the team behind the show left a small tribute on her headphones, by way of a label marked 'HRH'.

Downton's George offers Kate a gift for his namesake

The Duchess of Cambridge has been handed a wooden train as a gift for Prince George during her visit to the set of Downton Abbey - given to her by his namesake in the show, Master George Crawley.

The cast also posed for a portrait with Kate as her visit at Ealing Studios neared its end.

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Mrs Patmore and Daisy bake Kate a cake on Downton tour

The Duchess of Cambridge has been given the full tour of the Downton Abbey set today, with the manor's staff baking her a cake and even offering to polish her shoes.

Child star hands Kate flowers during Downton visit

A child actor who plays Master George Crawley in the hit series Downton Abbey turned shy as he handed flowers to the Duchess of Cambridge on her visit to Ealing Studios this morning.

The Duchess, who along with husband William is believed to be a fan of the show, is meeting the show's actors and behind-the-scenes staff today during her visit - which is used for part of the show's filming.

Kate meets Downton Abbey creator on studio visit

Kate is welcomed by Lord Fellowes as she arrives at Ealing Studios. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge has begun her visit to the studios of ITV series Downton Abbey.

Kate was handed flowers shortly before she met Lord Fellowes, the creator of the hit show at Ealing Studios in west London.

The Duchess is greeted by the child actor who plays George Crawley in the series. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Duchess, whose baby is due next month, wore an outfit from British maternity label Jojo Maman Bebe.

She then met with hair and make-up stylists who were working to prepare some of the show's stars for filming.

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