The cast of Downton Abbey – well-known for their portrayal of fictional nobility – met with real life royalty, in the form of the Countess of Wessex, who attended an engagement for Tomorrow’s People at St George’s Church in London.
The Countess of Wessex is Patron of Tomorrow’s People, a national employment charity which has programmes throughout the country to give people the help and support that they require to find employment.
Working with the aim to avoid long-term un-employment and eventual homelessness, the organisation recently launched the Opportunity Partnership, to help get work for 25,000 young people. This year, the charity is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The Countess met the stars of ITV’s popular British period drama, including Jim Carter (Mr. Carson), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley) and Allen Leech (Tom Branson). She was also introduced to Julian Fellowes, the writer of the series, and mingled freely with the actors and other guests.
The Downton Abbey cast gave a seasonal reading, before answering their fans’ questions about life on the show. Following the audience participation segment of the evening, those in attendance enjoyed a performance by The Salvation Army.
Later, Sophie joined Mr. Carter on stage to help him call out the winners of the raffle prize, and the guests were treated to a glass of wine and mince pies, before the event was brought to a close.
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