t’s rare in life that fantasies come true, so we are giving thanks and, frankly, just trying to process the news just out from Buckingham Palace that Kate Middleton and Lady Mary Crawley are about to become inseparable best friends—gabbing over tea, trying on fancy gloves for impromptu photo shoots, laughing hysterically over “Who’s on First?”-style jokes related to whether they’re talking about Mary’s baby George or Kate’s baby George. O.K., O.K., we are getting wildly ahead of ourselves. The Palace did not say, exactly, that Kate and Mary are about to become lifelong pals. But they did say that the Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting the set of Downton Abbey next week.
Kate will be visiting the set—which is becoming quite the celebrity hotspot, after George Clooney’s visit last year—next week, on Thursday, March 12. She will not be traveling to Highclere Castle, however, instead visiting the Ealing Studios West London set where the servants’ scenes are set. (It says a lot about our Middleton-mania that we bristled, at first, at the thought of Kate having to visit servant’s quarters, even with the full knowledge that they are fictional.) According to People, Kate will watch one take of a scene set among the servants, and then will head to the “video village,” where she will watch as the producers watch the scene played back.
We are actually going to need, like, hours to take all of this in, but for now, a few thoughts:
1) Can you imagine filming a scene while Kate Middleton is watching you on set?!?!?! Like, even Cate Blanchett would forget her lines under that sort of pressure.
2) Is this somehow a sign that Kate wants to get into filmmaking? This hope, this possibility, is going to be enough to sustain us through the rest of this miserable New York winter.
3) Kate/Downton producers/whoever might be reading this, we brainstormed a whole bunch of Downton plot scenarios incorporating the royal family last year, which you are free to take and use, should Kate get the urge to get in front of the camera next Thursday.