Queen Elizabeth II declines seat on Iron Throne

Game of Thrones creators escorted the monarch on tour of Belfast set

Queen Elizabeth II visits the throne room at the set of the Game of Thrones TV series in Belfast's Titanic Quarter, Northern Ireland. (AP Photo Peter Morrison)

Queen Elizabeth II visits the throne room at the set of the Game of Thrones TV series in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, Northern Ireland. (AP Photo Peter Morrison)

BELFAST — 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 take a seat on the throne created for the ruler of the mythical Seven Kingdoms.

 

“Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss escorted the monarch through the show’s custom-made armoury, hangars of costumes, and sprawling sets used to shoot the program’s interior scenes and perilous ice-cliff ascents — part of the biggest TV production ever mounted in Europe.

She chatted with actors Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie and Conleth Hill.

The real-life head of the House of Windsor talked with actors from the show’s rival royal houses, the Lannisters and the Starks.

“She kept commenting on how uncomfortable the throne looked. That was funny,” said Maisie Williams, the 17-year-old English actress who plays Arya Stark.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous to meet anybody,” said Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister, queen regent of the Seven Kingdoms.

 




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Queen Elizabeth II declines seat on Iron Throne

  1. One prefers one’s own throne.

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