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Downton Abbey trumps Strictly in Christmas Day ratings battle

Warning: Spoiler alert

The cast of Downton say a final farewell. Credit: ITV/Downton Abbey

The final episode of Downton Abbey was the most watched TV show on Christmas Day.

With peak figures of 7.1 million, the two-hour finale pipped BBC's Strictly Christmas Special, which had a peak of 7 million viewers.

And the ITV drama ended on a high when Lady Edith finally got her happily ever.

Viewers even saw her patch things up with her sister Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery, after a long-standing feud between the pair.

Lady Edith finally got her happy ending by tying the knot with Bertie. Credit: ITV/Downton Abbey

It was Mary who brought Edith, played by Laura Carmichael, and Bertie Pelham, played by Harry Hadden-Paton, back together before they tied the knot.

Edith also reconciled with Bertie's mother, played by Patricia Hodge, best known in recent years for her role in BBC One comedy Miranda, after revealing she has a secret illegitimate daughter.

Anna and Bates finally realised their dreams of starting a family. Credit: ITV/Downton Abbey

Anna and John Bates, played by Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle, welcomed their newborn son, who was controversially born in Mary's bedroom.

While Mary and Henry Talbot, played by Matthew Goode, discovered they are expecting a child together.

Isobel Crawley and Richard Grey, the Baron Merton, also found happiness when they stood up to his pushy children and decided to get married.

Downton Abbey debuted on ITV in 2010 and became a global phenomenon, collecting numerous awards along the way.

As the costume drama came to an end, the butler, Carson, played by Jim Carter, retired after developing hand tremors, probably caused by Parkinson's Disease.

He handed his role over to the controversial Thomas Barrow, played by Rob James-Collier, who returned to the household after a brief spell in another job.

Lord Grantham, played by Hugh Bonneville, declared his enduring love for his wife Lady Cora, (Elizabeth McGovern), when he accepted her working at a hospital.

The final scene saw the servants singing Auld Lang Syne as they celebrated New Year's Eve.

The Downton Christmas special Credit: ITV