Queen Elizabeth and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh visit the set of the U.S. TV series Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland. Rough Cut (no repoter narration).
ROUGH CUT, NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Queen Elizabeth and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh visited the set of the U.S. HBO television series Game of Thrones on Tuesday (June 24) as part of their Northern Ireland visit. The royal couple headed to east Belfast, to visit the Paint Hall Studios in the city's regenerated docklands, where part of the hit series is filmed. David Benioff and Dan Weiss, executive producers and writers of Game of Thrones, led a tour through the sets for the Red Keep and the Throne Room. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were shown costumes and props from the set, before greeting members of the cast including Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow, Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark, and local Ballymena-born actor Conleth Hill who plays Lord Varys. The Queen was then shown The Iron Throne used in the show before being presented with a miniature replica of the Iron Throne. As the images were broadcast live, much play was made on social media as to whether the British monarch would sit on the fantasy series throne. She didn't. Game of Thrones is estimated to be the biggest TV production in Europe, and the series production has had a significantly positive impact on the Northern Irish economy. Series 4 of Game of Thrones finished last week. The show is a medieval fantasy epic based on the best-selling books by writer George R.R. Martin about fictional families fighting for control of a mythical land, Westeros.