Queen Elizabeth II Visits Westeros

For Queen Elizabeth II, one throne is enough. 

The United Kingdom’s 88-year-old monarch toured the Belfast sets of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones and met many of its stars Tuesday beside the show’s sword-covered seat of power, the Iron Throne. 

Unlike many visitors to Belfast’s Titanic Studios, the monarch declined to try out the throne created for the ruler of the mythical Seven Kingdoms. Instead, she received a miniature model as a gift.

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss escorted the monarch through the show’s armory, costume design and storage, and sprawling sets used to shoot the program’s interior scenes and perilous ice-cliff ascents – all part of the biggest TV production ever mounted in Europe. . .

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