The Queen visits Game of Thrones set on trip to Belfast – but stops short of sitting on the Iron Throne

Perhaps her Buckingham Palace version is more comfortable

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The Queen took a tour of the Game of Thrones set in Belfast and she looked suitably impressed by the majestic Iron Throne.

However, unfathomably, she didn’t choose to sit on it – even though it’s very likely she would have been allowed to.

Instead, she gazed at the aggressive-looking chair, which is made up of swords, and carried on with her tour, sadly missing out on a truly great photo opportunity. Perhaps her throne is more comfortable.

She was also presented with a mini version of the throne, which she held as preciously as an orb, and met with the cast of the HBO series, including Maisie Williams, Kit Harrington and Lena Headey.

The Queen with her mini iron throne

She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh for the occasion, who unfortunately didn’t offer any of his famously outspoken one-liners. It isn’t known whether he or the Queen are fans of the show.

The Queen was also shown costumes, props and armoury from the series. She didn’t appear to try any on.

The royals began their day by visiting notorious Crumlin Road prison and were shown around by two of its former inmates – the first and deputy first minister of Northern Ireland.

She shook hands once again with former IRA chief of staff Martin McGuinness, who was held for a month there in 1976 on a charge of IRA membership – which was later dropped in court.