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Kate Middleton at 'Downton Abbey': Duchess of Cambridge visits TV show's set

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, chats with actor

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, chats with actor Jim Carter, who portrays the butler Carson during an official visit to the set of the TV series Downton Abbey at Ealing Studios in London on March 12, 2015. Photo Credit: AP / Chris Jackson

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, visited the set of the popular British period drama "Downton Abbey" on Thursday, lingering particularly in the fictional mansion's kitchen.

"It was a surreal and exciting experience to be at work and be visited by a member of the royal family," Laura Carmichael, 28, who plays Lady Edith Crawley, told People magazine. "She has watched the show and loves it and that's really lovely."

"She spent the longest time in the kitchen, so me and Lesley are taking that as a compliment," said Sophie McShera, 30, who plays assistant cook Daisy Mason. Using the British term for a stovetop, Nicol, who is in her early 60s, said, "We told her that two of the hobs work -- because we like having steaming pans" for atmosphere.

Middleton, 33, who is eight months pregnant with her and 32-year-old Prince William's second child, spent two hours on the 1920s interior sets of the show, filmed at London's Ealing Studios. And although the duchess may have been a trifle starstruck, McShera said, "Everyone around her was more starstruck."

The ongoing series recently aired its fifth-season finale in the United States.

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