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Downton Abbey's Christmas special - first pictures

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The first pictures from the Downton Abbey Christmas special have been released.

Set six months after the recently completed series four, the special episode will focus on Rose's (Lily James) 'coming out' at Buckingham Palace, meaning that the family and their servants are staying at their residence in London.

Shirley Maclaine as Martha Levinson in Downton Abbey Christmas Special

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Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson in the Downton Abbey Christmas Special


Lady Rose is seen in one image wearing a white dress and headpiece as she curtseys for King George V and Queen Mary.

The show's creator Julian Fellowes worked alongside historical adviser Alastair Bruce to create the royal scenes.

Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham & Lily James as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey Christmas Special

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Lady Rose curtseys in front of the king


Shirley MacLaine has also reprised her role as Cora's mother Martha Levinson.

She makes the journey from New York to mark the occasion and is joined by her playboy son Harold, represented by highly-anticipated guest star Paul Giamatti.

Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham & Lily James as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey Christmas Special

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Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham & Lily James as Lady Rose


The episode, which takes place during the summer, was filmed in a number of locations in London and the south, with Lancaster House standing in for Buckingham Palace.

A number of guest stars will also be appearing in the special, including James Fox, who appears as Lord Aysgarth, a member of London's high society upon whom Martha and Harold make a big impression.

Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham & Lily James as Lady Rose in Downton Abbey Christmas Special

© ITV / Nick Briggs

Cora and Lady Rose in Buckingham Palace


Guy Williams also appears as King George V, while Poppy Drayton, Oliver Dimsdale, Janet Montgomery and Michael Benz are joining the cast as well.

The Downton Abbey special will air on Christmas Day at 8.30pm on ITV.

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