Queen Elizabeth on the Iron Throne: Windsor is Coming.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Royals!
During a three-day trip to Northern Ireland, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited HBO’s “Game of Thrones” set in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. For the occasion, the band of the Scots Guard played the television show’s theme song during the changing of the guard, according to the British monarchy’s official Twitter account.
Some cast members from the show–including Lena Headey (Cersei), Conleth Hill(Varys), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)–were on hand to greet the royal couple.
The queen, wearing a pale yellow tweed coat and coordinating hat, examined the Iron Throne closely. Although in no hurry to try out the seat, the queen was presented with her own miniature Iron Throne as a souvenir. “Game of Thrones” has become a cultural touchpoint both abroad and in the U.S., where President Obama even joked about having his own Iron Throne.
The royal visit highlights the importance that the television and film industry can bring to a region–similar to the “game of krones” between Iceland and Norway in their bid to attract large-scale productions. “Game of Thrones” filming in Northern Ireland has occurred for all four seasons of the show, with season five also confirmed, according to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
“NITB has seen a huge increase of interest in Northern Ireland and its connection to ‘Game of Thrones’, especially over the past year as more and more people begin to watch the show,” wrote Marie-Therese O’Neill, culture and creative vibe officer, in an emailed statement. “They see a whole different side to Northern Ireland and potentially the show motivates fans to want to come and visit Northern Ireland to experience first-hand our stunning scenery and landscapes.”