Queen to visit Game of Thrones in NI

Queen to visit Game of Thrones in NI

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will tour the set of the Game of Thrones in Belfast during their visit to Northern Ireland.

It is expected the Royal visitors will meet staff from the hit US fantasy drama when they stop by the studios in Titanic Quarter next week.The visit will come as part of a three-day trip to NI which begins on Monday.Game of Thrones is based on a series of novels by writer George RR Martin and much of the filming is carried out on location across Northern Ireland.The successful TV series has been 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.It is expected that the Royals will carry out a busy schedule of engagements during their NI visit, including stops at Crumlin Road Gaol, City Hall, and a garden party at Hillsborough Castle.Secretary of State Theresa Villiers said it will be an "important" and "inspiring" occasion.Ms Villiers said: "The programme announced today will give Her Majesty and His Royal Highness the opportunity to see many different aspects of NI - representing its past, its present and its future."It will demonstrate how Northern Ireland is now a centre for the creative industries, and home to talented people and innovative businesses."And of course it will show the world that Northern Ireland's best days are still ahead as work continues to build a shared and prosperous society for all its people to celebrate and be proud of."


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