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Downton Abbey Season 4 SPOILERS: UK Royalty Flora Oglivy Joins Cast List; 45th In Line For The Throne Is Queen’s Cousin, Princess Alexandra’s Granddaughter

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“Downton Abbey” has a real member of British royalty joining the cast: Flora Oglivy, Princess Alexandra of Kent’s granddaughter and 45th in line for the throne.

The Daily Express reports that Oglivy, 18, is the granddaughter of the Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra, and will join the series as an extra.

She has reportedly already filmed with Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess, and Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Earl of Grantham.

“There’s a lot of excitement among the royals and they will almost certainly be watching the new series now," a “Downton Abbey” insider said. "Everyone’s really proud of Flora for bagging a role in such a big show at such a young age and for doing it off her own back."

 “Downton was already the poshest show on the box but having actual royalty pushes it onto a whole new level,” another insider said.

“Tourists love that Britain has a royal family so this will only give the show even more appeal to the worldwide audience, especially in America where it has a huge army of fans,” the source said.

“Flora has made a good impression during her time on set so there’s a good chance she’ll get asked back for future series.”

Ogilvy joined filming while on a gap year after finishing her education at the Rugby School. She is due to begin at St. Andrew’s University in September.

“It will be a really exciting time for her to be starting uni and have her TV debut within weeks of each other,” a source close to Ogilvy said.

“She really wants to do more acting so she’s hoping her part in Downton makes a big impression.”

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