Queen visits Game of Thrones set in Belfast

The Queen has met cast members from hit show Game of Thrones on a visit to the set in Belfast. Earlier Her Majesty visited the notorious Crumlin Road Gaol with Northern Irish leaders.

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Young boy attempts a selfie with the Queen in Belfast

A young boy attempted a photograph with the Queen on his mobile phone today during her Royal visit to Northern Ireland.

The young boy snaps a picture with the Queen in the background. Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/PA

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were enjoying a visit to St George's Market when the young boy jumped in front of her and attempted to take a 'selfie'.

The Queen gets a mini Iron Throne on set of hit show

The Queen received a different kind of throne today when she visited the set of hit show Game of Thrones in Belfast.

She was given a miniature Iron Throne to mark her visit - although it has yet to be established whether Her Majesty is a fan of the gory fantasy epic.

The Queen tours Game of Thrones set on NI visit

The Queen chatted to cast members from hit show Game of Thrones as she toured the set in Northern Ireland.

She spoke to several cast members, including Kit Harington, who plays John Snow, along with Lena Headey (Catelyn Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Conleth Hill, who portrays master schemer Varys.

The Queen meets members of the Game of Thrones cast on set.

Her Majesty also checked out props from the programme and inspected the Iron Throne that various dynasties battle for in the epic saga.

Her Majesty inspects the Iron Throne.
The Queen inspects props from the Game of Thrones set.


Queen arrives at Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast

The Queen has arrived at a notorious former jail in Northern Ireland on the second day of her three-day visit.

Crowds await the Queen's arrival.

Her Majesty was greeted by crowds waving Union Jacks on the side of the road leading up to Crumlin Road Gaol.

Her Majesty waves to onlookers outside the former prison. Credit: ITV News/Emma Wright

She was also greeted by Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson and his deputy, Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.

Her Majesty inside the former prison, alongside Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson.

McGuinness praises Queen for peace process support

Queen Elizabeth II meets First Minister Martin McGuinness during a private audience at Hillsborough Castle, Belfast. Credit: Aaron McCracken/Harrisons/PA Wire

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland has praised the Queen as a passionate supporter of the Northern Ireland peace process after they held their first ever one to one meeting.

The Sinn Fein veteran and former IRA commander described his ten minute private audience with the monarch at Hillsborough Castle in Co Down as "very nice" and "useful".

It was the Queen's third encounter with Mr McGuinness but their first on an individual to individual basis, an event that some see as an effort to 'normalise' relations between Irish republicans and the British establishment in the post conflict era.

Queen and Duke to visit Game of Thrones set

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit one of the few thrones in the British Isles that does not belong to them - by taking a tour of the Game of Thrones set in east Belfast.

Game of Thrones also features a would-be Queen with dragons - a creature the house of Windsor is yet to acquire. Credit: PA

Game of Thrones follows the epic battle for the Iron Throne, as north fights south in a dynastic civil war based on the Wars of the Roses.

The Royal Couple will tour the Painthall studios in the city's regenerated docklands where much of the popular HBO series is filmed.

Northern Ireland is fast developing an international reputation as a leading filming destination, with the powersharing administration at Stormont offering attractive incentives to producers to film in the region.

Game Of Thrones is estimated to be the biggest TV production in Europe and its first four seasons have been credited with bringing a direct economic benefit of £82 million to Northern Ireland, creating the equivalent of more than 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs.

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