We expect a lot from our food shows. Thanks to Gordon Ramsay, we like to see a lot of drama and action in those TV kitchens, and if there’s the odd guest star putting on an apron, all the better. Mary Berry, former host of The Great British Bake Off, has a holiday special coming up and she’s enlisted a very special guest star to appear. Scratch that. A very royal guest star.
And while you may think Duchess Meghan has the market cornered on all things food-related, her sister-in-law is also a bit of a foodie herself. That’s right, the Duchess of Cambridge is set to make an appearance on Berry’s upcoming Christmas special. According to the Daily Mirror, Kate and Mary will work together on creating a feast for charity staffers who have to work during the holidays, particularly over Christmas and into the new year. While Berry will take charge of presenting the festive meal, Kate and some other special guests will be helping out.
“What better way to spread some Christmas cheer than to team up cookery royalty Mary Berry with real royalty in the form of Kate?,” a source told the Mirror. “Between them they will bring seasonal goodwill to their guests and to the millions of viewers watching. Expect a properly uplifting Christmas treat.”
It seems Kate and Mary first met in 2013 at an event for Child Bereavement UK, of which both women are patrons, and hit it off. But it was this past September that their friendship moved to the next level, when Kate and Mary attended the Back to Nature festival, where the Duchess opened the play garden she helped design alongside Berry, the Royal Horticultural Society’s ambassador.
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🚜 Today The Duchess of Cambridge opened the #BacktoNature play garden at @RHSWisley and attended the Back to Nature festival with @The_RHS Ambassador Mary Berry, which celebrates the value of communities to our wellbeing and marks the culmination of the RHS garden project. The Back to Nature play garden was inspired by The Duchess’s designs and includes elements such as the hollow log 🌳 from the #RHSChelsea Flower Show garden, and the wildflower meadow 🌼 and rolling hill ⛰️ showcased at #RHSHampton. New features include two connected treehouses and slides which encourage families and friends to have fun together in a natural environment. The garden was designed by landscape architects Davies White with input from the RHS, and will be a permanent installation at RHS Garden Wisley. Her Royal Highness has spent much of the last eight years meeting charities and organisations who work every day to make our families and communities stronger. The Duchess took the opportunity to invite many of them to the ‘Back to Nature’ Festival to celebrate their contribution to society and to further highlight the importance of those involved in the Early Years sector coming together to support a fundamental change in how society approaches childhood development 📷 Kensington Palace / PA
Clearly both have green thumbs. Not only is Mary ambassador of the RHS but she’s president of the National Garden Scheme. Meanwhile, Kate has proven just how passionate she is about gardening, particularly with the outdoor space she worked on with architects for the Chelsea Flower Show this past spring. Her goal was to create a place for families and communities to come together and connect with nature. Kate has long been vocal about her belief that the outdoors has a huge impact on both physical and mental health and the benefits nature provides can be so beneficial for childhood development.
A BBC spokesman wouldn’t confirm or deny the rumours of Kate’s guest appearance, simply telling the Mirror, “All will be revealed in due course.” Way to leave us hanging, BBC.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share some new photographs of their family as they visited the RHS Back to Nature Garden at the #ChelseaFlowerShow on Sunday afternoon. The photographs were taken by @mattporteous. The #RHSChelsea Back to Nature Garden, designed by The Duchess and award-winning landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects, is a woodland setting for families and communities to come together and connect with nature. Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate for the proven benefits the outdoors has on physical and mental health, and the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development in particular. Over the past months, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have helped The Duchess gather moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate @The_RHS Back to Nature Garden. Hazel sticks collected by the family were also used to make the garden’s den. The Duchess told Monty Don in an interview for the BBC: “I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young children. I really hope that this woodland that we have created really inspires families, kids and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”
Kate isn’t the only royal to appear on TV of course. Meghan is a former actress and co-starred on a little show called Suits, as well as other series and films. But their father-in-law, Prince Charles may soon be in front of the camera as well, with a cameo appearance in the upcoming Bond movie. Lights, camera, action, royals!
Filming has already begun on the special, which is tentatively titled The Mary Berry Royal Christmas Show. According to the Mirror, it’s scheduled to air sometime in December in the U.K., but Food & Wine reports it will air on New Year’s Day. And it may even take place at a royal venue. Hmm, Kensington or Buckingham Palace? Either way, holiday television programming has never felt so grand.