Robert tapped a knife on his champagne flute, silencing the table.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I know this is rather unorthodox, but I believe it is a special day. Though we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, our American in-laws do and I would like to say a few words.”
He turned to Cora.
“My darling, in the years that we have been married, you have blessed my life in ways I could never have imagined, we have three beautiful daughters and you’ve saved Downton’s future. I am thankful for you every day.”
He raised his glass.
“To Lady Grantham.”
Cora smiled radiantly.