Westeros seemed to have a new contender for the crown as Queen Elizabeth II graced the Iron Throne with her royal presence on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Northern Ireland. She was welcomed by the Queen Regent of Westeros herself, the cunning Cersei who is actively played by none other than the beautiful Lena Headey.
UK’s 88-year-old monarch was accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. They were touring the Belfast set, proceeding to the sound stage where HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones” is shot. It is basically one of the many locations where this popular TV show is being filmed. However, this place seems to be the most iconic because it holds sanctuary to the high symbol of the seven kingdoms — the Iron Throne.
The royal party toured the entire set in Paint Hall Studio, located within the city’s prime shooting location, Titanic’s Quarter.
Among the many props they saw, it was visibly seen in the queen’s eyes that she was astonished as she looked upon the throne that was supposedly made from the swords of defeated warriors. The guides offered her to sit on it for the ultimate feels, but she honorably declined. Instead, she was given a miniature version of the famous seat as a souvenir.
Their tour was part of the royalty’s three-day trip in Northern Ireland. No standoff took place between the two queens but exchanges of courtesy did. Lena Headey was not the only one who welcomed the monarch. Show runner David Benioff and producer/writer Daniel Weiss was also there to greet Her Majesty. Did we mention everyone’s favorite bastard as well? Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) — together with Conleth Hill (Lord Varys) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) — was also part of the welcoming committee.
The queen’s visitation was considered as a high honor for the cast and crew to be able to see a living royalty checking out the elements that make their show a success.
“Game of Thrones” started filming in Northern Ireland since 2009, which contributed greatly to the country’s economical standpoint. As such, the queen seemed to really have recognized it as an effective form of creative medium to have her visit the world-renowned set.
That’s a wrap for Queen Elizabeth II’s visit at the “Game of Thrones” set. Check out Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly for your daily dose of entertainment news.