Queen Elizabeth II tours 'Game of Thrones' set

Posted at 06/25/14 9:22 AM

Britain's Queen Elizabeth looks at the Iron Throne as she meets members of the cast on the set of the television series "Game of Thrones" in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 24, 2014. Photo by Phil Noble, Reuters

BELFAST - Queen Elizabeth II and husband Prince Philip visited the set of hit TV show "Game of Thrones" in Northern Ireland Tuesday -- receiving a replica of the throne to crown her visit.

During the set tour in Belfast, the monarch was presented with a miniature Iron Throne, the massive black, snarled mesh of melted swords fought over by rival families in the global hit HBO series.

She also met actors from the show including Maisie Williams, 17, who plays Arya Stark and 18-year-old Sophie Turner, who stars as her sister Sansa.

It is not known whether the Queen is a "Game of Thrones" fan but her youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie are reportedly avid viewers.

Scenes from the series are filmed in the city's Titanic Quarter, named after the doomed liner which was built in Belfast before sinking on its maiden voyage in 1912.

"Game of Thrones" has brought investment worth £82 million plus 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs to Belfast, whose economy is now growing after decades of unrest in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles.