Queen Elizabeth II Mentions HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ In Christmas 2014 Speech, Internet Goes Wild, Highlight Hollywood News

Who knew that words from a 21ST Century monarch could actually go viral? Well, it’s not a surprise when you realize what words she used.  Queen Elizabeth II cited only one of the most popular shows in the world, Game of Thrones, in her annual Christmas Day speech on Thursday, causing the Internet to, naturally, freak out.

The 88-year-old British monarch and grandmother of Prince William and Prince Harry had mentioned the HBO show, which stars mostly U.K. actors and depicts bloody power struggles across the realm, while speaking about reconciliation.



“The benefits of reconciliation were clear to see when I visited Belfast in June,” she said in her speech, as seen in a video released by the British Monarchy. “While my tour of the set of Game Of Thrones may have gained most attention, my visit to the Crumlin Road Gaol will remain vividly in my mind. What was once a prison during the Troubles is now a place of hope and fresh purpose; a reminder of what is possible when people reach out to one another.”




In June, the queen traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and visited one of the Game of Thrones sets. She met several members of the cast, including Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and also got to see the Iron Throne in person (she didn’t seem that impressed).



Also during her trip, the queen toured the 19th century prison Crumlin Road Gaol with former Irish Republican Army (IRA) commander Martin McGuinness, deputy prime minister of Northern Ireland. He spent time in prison in the ’70s and was once dubbed “Britain’s No. 1 Terrorist.” He was elected deputy first minister of the province in 2007, nine years after the signing of a 1998 peace deal to end some 30 years of violence between Protestants who want Northern Ireland to remain part of the U.K. and Catholics who want it to be united with all of Ireland, home to a Catholic majority.



“Game of Thrones” returns in April 2015.
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