By Hillary Busis
Updated June 24, 2014 at 02:33 PM EDT
Queen Elizabeth
Credit: Peter Morrison/AP

Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Belfast set of Game of Thrones Tuesday, touring the series’ vast armory, perusing its racks of lavish costumes, and meeting actors including Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Conleth Hill (Varys), and Rose Leslie (Ygritte). The real queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries did not, however, attempt to gain control of seven fictional kingdoms by taking a seat on the show’s fearsome Iron Throne—a chair constructed by a thousand surrendered blades, “heated white-hot in the furnace breath of Balerion the Black Dread.”

Naturally, the wildest and most lawless kingdom of all—The Internet—was most displeased:

But come on, guys. One: Elizabeth II is the queen of England (among other places). She’s not going to sit on a make-believe chair just because you think it’d be funny. And two: Please note that Ygritte was among the Thrones folk who met the queen this morning. Know what that means? It means Queen Elizabeth II is a red priestess with the power to raise the dead, which is a whole lot cooler than a photo of her sitting on the Iron Throne would be. Think big picture, people.

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Game of Thrones

HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'

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  • D.B. Weiss
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