Food, charity, and royalty reign supreme in “A Berry Royal Christmas,” the holiday extravaganza that unites the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the Queen of baking. Watching the special, which aired on BBC One Monday, it’s hard to determine whether Kate Middleton and Prince William or Mary Berry are more starstruck.


Where Can You Watch “A Berry Royal Christmas” in the U.S.?

If you don’t have BBC One access and you’re wondering where to watch, no official announcement has been made yet, but we hope to see this special available via streaming services like Hulu and BritBox soon!

In the meanwhile, here’s a recap of what you can expect, plus some clips to tide you over.

“A Berry Royal Christmas” Recap

The episode opens with the ladies hanging out at the Back to Nature Festival, a benefit for children’s charities. The two decorate cupcakes as the former “The Great British Baking Show” judge observes Middleton show off her piping technique (spoiler alert: it’s flawless).

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Later the two meet up in Liverpool where they prepare cranberry mocktails at The Brink, a dry bar organized by the UK-based charity Action on Addiction. As Middleton serves the drinks to the assembled guests, she opens up about her waitressing days while attending university. “Were you good?” Berry inquires of the duchess—who laughs, “I was terrible!”


William also gets some Berry time when they meet at Passage, a resource center for homeless and insecurely housed people. Discussion centers on the Prince’s work with the organization, Princess Diana’s historic charity work, and the young princess and princes (George already has his Christmas list prepared).

They also prepare tea, which basically involves William showing off his water pouring technique (spoiler alert: it’s flawless) and decorate biscuits (British for cookie).

Between each segment, Berry offers up some cooking demos, providing instruction on how to make Sticky Beetroot & Chocolate Cake, Fig & Stilton Filo Tarts, Warming Beef Stew, and festive Stained Glass Window Biscuits. (If you want to prepare them at home, which, of course you do, make sure to have a metric conversion chart handy.)

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All four delicious dishes appear on the menu at a pre-Christmas party attended by Berry and the Duke and Duchess. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Mary Berry special without a little competition so she enlists the help of sixth series winner of “The Great British Bake Off” and inheritor of Berry’s judge’s seat for “Junior Bake Off” Nadiya Hussain for a Chocolate and Orange Roulade battle.

The bake-off, which pits Berry and the Duchess against Hussain and the Duke, offers plenty of trash talk and the revelation by Middleton that Prince William has some skills when it comes to preparing breakfast.


Let’s cross our fingers for a Harry, Meghan, and Paul Hollywood collaboration next holiday season.

Stay tuned!

Header image courtesy of Getty Images / Samir Hussein

David is a food and culture writer based in Los Angeles by way of New York City. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, CBS Local, Mashable, and Gawker.
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