On Saturday, Kensington Palace shared two posts to Instagram of Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Mary Berry, proving the royals really did show up and show their baking skills.
The first post featured several behind-the-scenes snaps from the filming of the episode and details about what the Cambridges and the former Great British Bakeoff judge have been up to. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joined forces with cookery legend Mary Berry to prepare festive food to thank all those working and volunteering over the Christmas period," the caption began.
The images show William, Kate, and Berry interacting with a number of people from different charities and organizations throughout England to share in the holiday spirit. Some of the organizations highlighted include Passage Charity, the U.K.’s largest resource center for homeless and insecurely housed people, as well as Action on Addiction, which provides a safe space for people who are suffering from addiction. The caption also confirms that the trio will be joined by a few guests during the television special, including former GBBO winner Nadiya Hussain.
In a second post, the royals proved they weren't afraid to get a little messy in order to make tasty treats that Berry would approve of. In the photo the Duke of Cambridge sports flour dust on his apron while Kate's perfect-for-the-holidays red printed ensemble could be seen peaking out under her apron. Hello! magazine royal correspondent Danielle Stacey reports that the dress is an Alessandra Rich creation (currently 50% off) that was slightly altered for the duchess.
"We invite you to join The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Berry as they serve a festive feast to thank those who are spending their Christmas helping others. On the BBC’s A Berry Royal Christmas, the duke and duchess are joined by cookery legend Mary Berry across four engagements as they prepare festive food for a very royal event to thank all those working and volunteering over the Christmas period...take a look at our other post to find out more," Kensington Palace shared in the caption.
Check out the special episode on BBC One on December 16.
Our two favorite British worlds are colliding soon!
In the purest news of the day, the Sun reports that Kate Middleton and Mary Berry will appear together on a holiday special. The Duchess of Cambridge and The Great British Bake Off's beloved judge alum will join forces for a BBC1 seasonal special in which they'll work together to make a Christmas feast for charity workers.
The program is reportedly being called The Mary Berry Royal Christmas Show. Middleton and Berry apparently have already bonded over their shared love of charity work, and the show will put their friendship on TV for an important meal. The Mirror suggests that the feast might be hosted at a “royal venue,” and that Berry will be in charge of the food, while Middleton will help out. “They will bring seasonal goodwill to their guests and to the millions of viewers watching. Expect a properly uplifting Christmas treat,” the Mirror's source added. There's no premiere date quite yet, so fans will just have to keep an eye out.
Middleton seems to be more comfortable with TV and film projects these days; back in September sources said she took a meeting with Love Actually director Richard Curtis to discuss a potential collaboration on something involving mental health. It's still not totally clear what they're cooking up, but it all seems to reinforce the idea that Middleton has been taking charge more, doing things she likes, and focusing on causes that are important to her. A People story pointed out that in addition to confidently steering work on parenthood and child development, she's allegedly writing her own speeches and showing more of her personality while meeting with U.K. organizers. Even the queen is said to be quite proud of her lately!
“She is now more open with what she wants to say, and funnily enough, she is more relaxed as well,” a family source told People. It looks like this TV moment with Mary Berry is going to offer another chance for Middleton to get personal—and a delightful opportunity for all of us to see this adorable friendship keep unfolding.
Originally Appeared on Glamour