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Duchess Catherine and Prince William team up with cookery icon Mary Berry for a Christmas TV special

It’s a Mary Berry Christmas for the Cambridges this year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joined forces with cookery legend Mary Berry to film a Christmas television special, set to air later this month.
While there has been plenty of speculation ever since Duchess Catherine visited the BBC's Broadcasting House last month, Kensington Palace has finally confirmed the exciting news that both she and Prince William will be coming to (British) TV screens very soon.

The one-off TV special titled A Berry Royal Christmas will air to UK viewers on Monday 16th December on BBC One and will see Duchess Catherine and Prince William team up with iconic food writer and TV presenter Mary Berry – a former Great British Bake Off judge – to prepare a festive feast to thank those volunteering at some of the royal couple's favourite causes over Christmas.
Some of the key causes include the charity The Passage, of which Prince William is patron of, as well as the UK's first dry bar set up by Action on Addiction which Mary visits with the royal couple. Mary is also shown behind-the-scenes of the Duchess' 'Back to Nature' garden at RHS Wisley to learn more about Catherine's commitment to the early years in raising the next generation of happy, healthy children.
Kate shows Mary behind-the-scenes of her 'Back to Nature' garden at RHS Wisley. (Image: Getty)
Speaking about the importance of giving back in the show, Prince William tells Mary that growing up, both his parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana were hugely charitable, People reports.
"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.'"
He adds, "And I personally get a lot out of helping people. I find that you hear and understand and you learn so much more by giving a bit of your time, a bit of your day, to just be around."

When announcing the exciting news Kensington Palace also shared four photos to Instagram as sneak peeks of what we can expect.
Speaking to the BBC of her involvement in the special, Mary says: "I am honoured that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have invited me to join them on four of their royal charity engagements this Christmas.
"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.
"The finale is a big Christmas party and I will be cooking up a feast for them to enjoy. A one hour Christmas special not to be missed."
We can't wait!