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Duchess Kate pays a visit below stairs at Downton Abbey

2015-03-13 09:10

London — Downton Abbey has welcomed a royal visitor and the TV show's creator told the Duchess of Cambridge she's partly responsible for its global success.

Kate visited the set of the award-winning costume drama at London's Ealing Studios on Thursday.

The show's writer, Julian Fellowes, described how a 2011 visit to the US by Kate and her husband, Prince William, came as producers tried to raise the profile of the show.

Fellowes said when the duchess mentioned she was a fan "this went into the media like an Exocet missile. And soon all of America and most of the world knew it."

Here are 10 photos that best capture Duchess Kate's visit to Downton Abbey:

She started off with a tour on set...

Followed by a look behind-the-scenes in the make-up, wardrobe and filming departments...

Ending off with a celebratory commemoration service for Kate's visit...

(All photographs: Greatstock/Splash)

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