Westeros' War of the Five Kings failed to take due notice of a Queen from far off lands today - but it wasn't Daenerys Targaryen. Queen Elizabeth II has taken the (miniature) Iron Throne in the name of House Windsor!
During a previously announced royal visit to Northern Ireland with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen visited the set of the HBO fantasy epic at the Paint Hall Studios, where many of the sets for the series, from Kings Landing to Winterfell, are based. Chaperoned by producers David Benioff and D.B Weiss, the Queen inspected various costumes and props from the series on the Red Keep set.
She then entered the Red Keep's throne room, meeting various actors from the series - Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Rose Leslie, Conleth Hill, Sophie Turner and Lena Headey - and merely admiring the notorious Iron Throne, instead of sitting on it, in what is quite possibly the biggest missed PR opportunity in known history. For shame, HBO!
In lieu of sitting on the throne, the production team instead offered a gift of a much tinier version of the Iron Throne - a Game of Thrones Paperweight - before she was transported away not by dragons unfortunately, but a Land Rover. All hail Her Grace Elizabeth, of Houses Windsor and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Second of her name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Drinker of Tea and Mother of Corgis!
[Images taken from Sky News' Youtube Livestream of the Royal Visit - Rewatch the full Set visit here]