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Queen’s cousin joins cast of Downton Abbey


Flora Ogilvy, 45th in line to the throne (centre, with the hat).

The first cousin twice removed of Her Majesty The Queen, Flora Ogilvy, is to take a role in the new series of Downton Abbey when the show returns for its fourth series in September.

The 18-year-old granddaughter of Princess Alexandra (who is 45th in line to the throne) is to take the role of an extra on the cast as opposed to a main character on set.

She joined filming for the show while on her gap-year after finishing at £30,000-a-year Rugby School, the Daily Express reports. Flora is due to start at St Andrews University in September when Downton will return for its fourth series.

Downton Abbey is a popular British period drama, set in the early 1900s (largely when George V was on the throne) which focuses on the life of the Earl of Grantham and his family.

Interestingly, the writer (himself a Lord) Lord Fellowes, chose to take an extant title [Earl of Grantham] to use for his main character, though the title hasn’t been used by anyone for over 250 years.

Flora Ogilvy is the daughter of James Ogilvy, who is the son of HRH Princess Alexandra – Princess Alexandra is, in turn, a first cousin of Her Majesty The Queen through George V.

Miss Ogilvy doesn’t perform any royal engagements and lives as a private citizen, though does attend the annual Trooping the Colour and the balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace thereafter.

photo credit: @TheRoyalFanzine on Twitter

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