Queen visits Game of Thrones set

Queen visits Game of Thrones set

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have visited the Game of Thrones set in east Belfast during the second day of their visit to Northern Ireland.

Led by the show's executive producers and writers, Dan Weiss and David Benioff, the Royal visitors viewed a display of handmade costumes and props from the hit fantasy series at the Paint Hall studios in the city's Titanic Quarter.The Queen and Prince Philip met with some of the key departments in the production of the series, including weapons master, Tommy Dunne, prop makers, Gavin Jones and Don Sturgeon and costume designer, Michele Clapton.With the iconic Iron Throne in the background, they then chatted with Game of Thrones actors Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).Ballycastle actor Conleth Hill, who plays Lord Varys, and Lena Headey, who plays Queen Cersei Lannister, were also on hand to show the influence the hit show has had on the Northern Ireland economy.Game of Thrones is predominately filmed in Northern Ireland and is credited with bringing a direct economic benefit of £82m to the region, creating the equivalent of more than 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs.In the five years since Game of Thrones began filming in NI it has become the biggest TV production in Europe.I think it's a wonderful thing for Belfast, for everything to be recognised, for what the show is doing in terms of employment in the city and bringing Belfast to the foreground.Actress, Rose Leslie (Ygritte)Actress Lena Headey said she was overwhelmed and honoured by the Royal visit."I don't think I've ever been as nervous to meet anybody. I didn't think I was, and then I saw her appear and I suddenly thought, 'it's the Queen, the real Queen'," she said."She was really cool and gorgeous and delightful."I think of everything she has done and everything she has achieved and the fact she is still interested even though she has met countless people and talked about numerous things."Actor Kit Harrington also spoke of the honour of being invited to meet the Queen."Being here and meeting the Queen, it's pretty amazing that the show has done that and she has come to see the sets. It gives it some sense of scale," he said."She is an incredible person. She has an incredible presence about her. To meet someone who has been on the throne as long as she has and has seen the things she has, it's quite an experience."Before leaving the studios the Royal couple was presented with a miniature replica of the Iron Throne.Game of Thrones is based on a series of novels by writer George RR Martin.The Queen meets cast and crew here at the Game of Thrones. pic.twitter.com/pXa0tymuL0— Sara Moore (@saramoore_utv) June 24, 2014


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