Queen and Prince Philip visit the set of Game of Thrones during Belfast visit

The Queen and Prince Philip met cast members on the set of hit show Game of Thrones today, during their Royal visit to Northern Ireland.

The Game of Thrones series follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, set in a fantasy world.

The Queen admires the Iron Throne. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA

The Royals followed protocol and politely declined to sit on the throne, admiring its intricate design, before saying it looked uncomfortable to sit in.

Maisie Williams, the 17-year-old star who plays the spirited Arya Stark in the series, was the first of the actors to talk to the monarch.

She kept commenting on how uncomfortable the throne looked, that was funny.

– Maisie Williams
he Queen also received a miniature Iron Throne. Credit: Jonathan Porter/PA

The Queen also received a miniature Iron Throne to mark her visit to the Belfast set, although it has yet to be established whether Her Majesty is a fan of the gory fantasy epic.

The Queen during her visit to the Game of Thrones set. Credit: Jonathan Porter/PA

The Royal tour of the set included two of the impressive sets used in the show, including the Red Keep at King's Landing and the Throne Room.

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the set of Game of Thrones Credit: Brian Lawless/PA
The Queen admires the Iron Throne. Credit: Jonathan Porter/PA

Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones, 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 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.

– Lena Headey

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The Queen is shown some of the weapons created on set. Credit: Arthur Allison/PA

The Game of Thrones story by George RR Martin's has brought £82 million to the Northern Ireland economy in the biggest television production in Europe - the equivalent of 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs.

The Queen is shown some of the weapons created on set. Credit: Jonathan Porter/PA

A young boy also cheekily attempted a 'selfie' with the Queen during her walk around St George's Market later in the day.

ITV News' Royal Editor Tim Ewart accompanied the Queen during her visit around Belfast:

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