The Queen has visited the interior set of the US TV hit drama Game of Thrones in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, meeting some of the warring “royal families” from the HBO fantasy series.

During her tour inside the former giant hall where the ships of Harland and Wolff (the company that built the Titanic) were painted, the Queen was shown the Iron Throne, a symbol known to fans of the show around the world.

Although she declined to sit on the throne, which is made out of swords, the Queen was presented with a miniature version by Dan Weiss, one of the executive producers of the drama watched by millions.

She and the Duke of Edinburgh were shown a vast array of weapons used in the often blood-soaked storylines, which have helped generate £82m to the Northern Ireland economy since HBO began filming here in 2009.

According to the Northern Ireland assembly, it has created the equivalent of more than 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs in a region of fewer than 2 million people.

The Queen and the Duke spoke to six cast members from both the current and past episodes of the series, which is based on the books of George R R Martin. They included Lena Heady (Queen Cersei Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Conleth Hill (Lord Varys), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), 17-year-old Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and 18-year-old Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark).

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–  Guardian