As production continues on Downton Abbey 4, given recent cast additions, there will probably be a telly or two in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace, Clarence House and Balmoral Castle tuned in when the series returns in September on ITV1 in the UK (January 5, 2014 in the States). According to Royal Central, the leading independent source for the latest news on the British Royal Family, Flora Ogilvy, who is the first cousin twice removed of Her Majesty The Queen will be given a role in the new series of Downton Abbey.
The 18-year-old granddaughter of Princess Alexandra, 45th in line to the throne, is to take the role of an extra in the cast as opposed to a main character on set. She recently joined cast and crew filming for the show while on her gap-year after finishing at Rugby School, one of the oldest independent boarding schools in Britain. Flora is due to start at St Andrews University in September when Downton will return for its fourth series.
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.
Rest assured, Miss Ogilvy will not miss any royal engagement responsibilities…she doesn’t perform any, living as a private citizen. She does attend the annual Trooping the Colour and the balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace thereafter.