Queen visits Game of Thrones set
RAW VISION: Queen Elizabeth and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh make a royal visit to the set of HBO series Game of Thrones in Belfast, Northern Ireland.PT0M51S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3asct 620 349 June 25, 2014
Queen Elizabeth II and husband Prince Philip have visited the set of hit TV show Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland — receiving a replica of the throne to crown her visit.
During the set tour in Belfast, the monarch was presented with a miniature Iron Throne, the massive black, snarled mesh of melted swords fought over by rival families in the global hit HBO series.
The royal pair also met HBO show creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss and actors Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte).
Queen Elizabeth II meets some of the costume and prop designers in the old Harland and Wolf paint room. Photo: Getty Images
It is not known whether the Queen is a Game of Thrones fan but her youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie are reportedly avid viewers.
Unfortunately, the queen never actually sat on the Iron Throne — but that doesn't mean the internet couldn't imagine it.
Scenes from the series are filmed in the city's Titanic Quarter, named after the doomed liner which was built in Belfast before sinking on its maiden voyage in 1912.
An image of Queen Elizabeth photoshopped onto the iron throne (left) and on her actual throne (right). Photo: Reuters
Game of Thrones has brought investment worth £82 million ($149 million), plus 900 full-time and 5700 part-time jobs to Belfast, whose economy is now growing after decades of unrest in Northern Ireland.
Queen filled in on Game of Thrones with its intrigue and plot twists and villains and wronged heroines and sorry that's the hacking trial.— David Schneider (@davidschneider) June 24, 2014
AFP, with Daily Life