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On Saturday, Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a series of photographs from the forthcoming program, titled A Berry Royal Christmas, in which Berry accompanies the royal couple as they visit a number of charities they are involved with.
The special then culminates with William and Kate helping the cooking legend to prepare food for a festive party for staff and volunteers who will be working over the Christmas period.
In the special, the duke and duchess take the former Great British Bake Off judge to meet some of the people whose lives have been changed for the better by the help of charities including The Brink, the UK’s first dry bar set up by Action on Addiction which provides a safe space for people who are suffering from addiction.
Kate also takes the 84-year-old behind-the-scenes at RHS Wisley, home of her “Back to Nature” garden which is a crucial part of her efforts to encourage children to experience the benefits of the great outdoors.
Meanwhile, the special sees William bring Berry with him to homelessness charity The Passage, which is the UK’s largest resource centre for homeless and insecurely housed people.
During the episode, Mary asks William here his motivation for charitable work all started, to which the duke responds: “Growing up, both of my parents were hugely charitable. My father set up the Prince’s Trust. He’s involved in so many different organisations.
“My mother has done her work with homelessness and, as you said, AIDS and other charities, and I think I’ve grown up in a household which has been very much a case of ‘well, we’re very lucky – you must give back’.”
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. Swipe 👉 for a taster of what to expect from 📺 A Berry Royal Christmas… 1. The Duke, Duchess and Mary, along with some very special guests including @nadiyajhussain host a Christmas Party to thank and acknowledge staff and volunteers from charities and organisations who will be working tirelessly over the Christmas period. 2. At @rhswisley Mary joins The Duchess behind the scenes to learn more about The Duchess’s commitment to the early years in raising the next generation of happy, healthy children. 3. The Duke and Mary visit @passagecharity, the UK’s largest resource centre for homeless and insecurely housed people, which has helped over 130,000 people in crisis through its resource centre, homelessness prevention projects and two innovative accommodation services. 4. At The Brink, the UK’s first dry bar set up by @actiononaddiction to provide a safe space for people who are suffering from addiction, The Duchess and Mary meet the inspiring people whose lives have been changed by the help and support of the charity. #ABerryRoyalChristmas | Monday 16th December | 8:30pm | @BBCOne Photos 📷 by @mattporteous / Kensington Palace
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William adds that the Queen has made a difference “in her own very unique, distinct way” and describes his grandmother and my grandfather as “the epitome of public service”.
“I personally get a lot out of helping people,” the duke continues.
“I find that you hear and you understand and you learn so much more by giving a bit of your time, a bit of your day, to just be around.”
🎄 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. Watch #ABerryRoyalChristmas on @BBCOne at 8.30pm on Monday 16th December. Photo 📷 by @mattporteous
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The hour-long show ends with the Christmas party, hosted by William and Kate and some special guests, including Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, who show their appreciation for the staff and volunteers from charities and organisations who will be working over the Christmas period.
Mary said that she felt “honoured” that the royal couple invited her to join them on their engagements this Christmas, adding: “It will be truly special to see the causes so close to their hearts, as well as to hear all about the amazing support these charities provide.
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge joined us at Wisley today to open the Back to Nature Garden. Inspired by the gardens co-designed by The Duchess at #RHSChelsea and #RHSHampton, new features include a ‘bouncing forest’ where visitors can jump on trampolines surrounded by trees, a living willow pod. To celebrate the opening, a Back to Nature Garden Festival is taking place at Wisley from today until Sunday for families to enjoy, and features a coconut shy, gardening activities, maypole dancing and circus acts. Visitors can make bunting using pressed flowers and leaves, make origami seed packets to fill with wildflower seeds and sow peas to take home and grow. #wisley #rhswisley #backtonature #rhs #gardens #duchessofcambridge
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“The finale is a big Christmas party and I will be cooking up a feast for them to enjoy.”
A Berry Royal Christmas airs 16 December at 8:30pm on BBC One.