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The annual Christmas address of Queen Elizabeth II is a staid occasion, so many a head turned when the monarch mentioned Game of Thrones in this year’s broadcast.
The topic of her address was “reconciliation,” a fitting theme given that the biggest U.K. news in 2014 surrounded the failed Scottish independence referendum. In exchange for defeating the referendum, the British government promised Scots greater say in the kingdom’s affairs. While the world waits to see if and how London will keep its promise, Queen Elizabeth II did her part to heal the rift: She mentioned her visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland, a trip that was meant to emphasize U.K. unity.
“The benefits of reconciliation were clear to see when I visited Belfast in June,” the Queen said. “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.”
For the Internet, of course, the Queen’s reference to her heavily publicized set visit was the biggest takeaway from the speech.
the Queen mentioned game of thrones in her Christmas speech and nothing else matters
— blane (@blaaane) December 25, 2014
No one had Game of Thrones in the Queen’s speech sweepstake. Bet she did it for a bet.
— Janine Gibson (@janinegibson) December 25, 2014
ok the queen just said ‘game of thrones’ on tv. for a split second the monarchy was almost worth it.
— Tom Bown (@bown) December 25, 2014
The Queen there, visibly shaken at the prospect of saying “Game of Thrones”
— Joe (@goulcher) December 25, 2014
If you want to watch the Queen approach the Iron Throne during her set visit, you’re in luck.
Photo via Kathleen Conklin/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.