The king and queen are coming to Lord Robert Crawley’s 300-room estate, and he has exactly two weeks to get ready for it.
Thankfully, he has some of the hardest-working servants in all of England to help the castle shine. They’ll polish the silver. They’ll clean every room. They’ll prepare the finest meals for the royal court.
Everyone, including the servants, is giddy.
But then the servants receive unexpected news that dampens their enthusiasm. The king is bringing his own chefs and his own servants. They’ll cook. They’ll tend to the king’s matters. And what of Crawley’s servants? They can go find something else to do.
It doesn’t help that the king’s servants are pompous and condescending. They want Crawley’s servants to serve them.
“We’re not footballs … and we don’t serve a kicking,” says Daisy, one of Crawley’s cooks.
Can the two sides find common ground for the king’s visit?
The film Downton Abbey (PG) opens next week, continuing the storyline from the PBS series that ran from 2011 to 2016 and telling of a visit from King George V and Queen Mary of the United Kingdom.
It stars Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham/Robert Crawley, Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary and Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith.
Here are five things you should know about the new movie:
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