The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined forces with Mary Berry for a new BBC Christmas special. In the forthcoming A Berry Royal Christmas, the couple will show Berry around the work of several charities they are involved with.
The program then culminates in William and Kate throwing a party for those who work or volunteer for charities and other organizations that help the needy over Christmas.
Marry Berry said she was “honoured” to be invited to join them. “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,” she added.
During the program, Berry accompanies Kate to Liverpool to visit The Brink, the U.K.’s first dry bar set up by Action on Addiction. Kate has served as patron of that organization since 2012.
Viewers will also be taken behind the scenes at the Duchess’s visit to RHS Wisley on 10 September; where she talks to Berry about her passion for early years support for children and families and gives her a tour of the play garden inspired by her Back to Nature garden.
For his part, William is taking Mary Berry to the Passage, the U.K.’s largest resource center for homeless and insecurely housed people.
There, he spoke about where his motivation for charity work started. William tells Berry: “Growing up, both of my parents were hugely charitable. My father set up the Prince’s Trust. He’s involved in so many different organizations.
“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.’ ”
“And you know, my grandmother becoming Queen at a very young age, in the days when it was a man’s world, it was very difficult for her to … make a difference,” William says of his grandmother.
“And she’s done it. In her own very unique, distinct way, and you know, my grandmother and my grandfather together are the epitome of public service.”
“And I personally get a lot out of helping people. 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.”
A Berry Royal Christmas airs Monday 16th December at 8.30pm on BBC One.