Is Queen Elizabeth II trying to tell her subjects something?
On July 15, the Queen's Guard outside Buckingham Palace performed a very unusual song during the regular changing of the guard. It wasn't "God Save the Queen" or "Rule, Britannia" but the theme to HBO's "Game of Thrones."
The theme song, composed by Ramin Djawadi, has become a recent favorite to cover in different styles, including old-time jazz and hard rock. But this is different -- this is the contingent of British soldiers charged with guarding the queen while she's at home. In Westeros-terms, they're the White Cloaks.
During a recent state visit to Ireland, the queen paid a visit to King's Landing, or at least the interior sets used to film the throne room and other locations for the HBO series. She was greeted next to the Iron Throne itself by several members of the show's cast, and though she eyed the throne, she declined to sit in it.
But maybe that trip got the wheels spinning.
So will the United Kingdom become the Seven Kingdoms? Does Princess Kate have a few dragons hiding somewhere? Or maybe the royals are just really big fantasy nerds.
Whatever the reason behind the performance, it's still a fun cover.