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Swapping one throne for another - Queen set to visit Irish 'Game of Thrones' set

Denise Calnan

Published 19/06/2014 | 16:54

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ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 17:  Queen Elizabeth II attends day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 17, 2014 in Ascot, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Game of Thrones is to be paid a visit by a ruler who has reigned far longer than any of its characters has on the Iron Throne
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for their visit to Warner Bros studios in Leavesden, Herts where the popular Harry Potter movies were produced. Photo: PA

The fourth series of the hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ might have ended, but that won’t stop the show’s most famous fan visiting the land of Westeros next week.

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Queen Elizabeth II is getting set to swap one throne for another as she visits the TV set during a trip to Northern Ireland.

A ruler who has managed to reign far longer than any of the ‘Game of Thrones’ characters on the Iron Throne, the 88-year-old will visit the Belfast studios where the majority of the HBO show is filmed.

The news was announced today on Buckingham Palace’s official Twitter account.

"As part of the visit to Northern Ireland, the Queen and The Duke will tour the @GameOfThrones set in the Titanic quarter #Belfast #GoT," it wrote.

‘Game of Thrones’ has proven to be the biggest TV production in Europe, having created 900 full-time and 5,700 part-time jobs and bringing £82m (€103m) to the Northern Ireland economy. The show, which has just aired the finale of its fourth season, still has several more seasons to come.

It is filmed across three continents, but most of the production takes place at the Titanic Studios, Belfast.

This season, the series passed out ‘The Sopranos’ as the highest-rated show in HBO history.

The Queen will be joined by her husband Prince Phillip on her trip. She will also meet Martin McGuinness and Crumlin Road Gaol during her three-day stay.

She isn’t the first of the royal family to embark on an adventure in a TV fantasy world either– Kate and William were joined by Prince Harry for a wizards’ duel on the ‘Harry Potter’ set last year.

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