HBO crowned Queens resident Melanie Joaquín the “Queen of Queens” on Thursday, when she figured out the location of the last iron throne in a worldwide scavenger hunt.
Joaquín told HBO she instantly knew Fort Totten Park was the answer when the network posted a cryptic clue hinting at the throne’s location, according to Gothamist.
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“I left my apartment building, got on a bus, ran over here, saw two other people who looked like they were also looking for the same thing, but the fence was locked,” she said. “Then I snuck in here through a hole, and the other ladies were looking at me like ‘WTF,’ but I don’t care, I wanted this throne, so I did it.”
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The HBO scavenger hunt included six iron thrones worldwide, part of a publicity stunt to promote the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones.”
The network chose Fort Totten Park “because of its dark and ominous setting, reminiscent of the basement of Kings Landing, where the Mad King stored his destructive wildfire, and where Queen Cersei waged to destroy the Great Sept of Baelor,” according to Gothamist.
They say since the popular TV show started in 2011 visitors have asked about similarities between its giant ice wall and the Roman Wall.
Author George RR Martin has said he came up with his creation while visiting Hadrian’s Wall.
Watchers on the Wall will be stationed along the wall to answer questions about it and Game of Thrones.
The watchers, who are all Game of Thrones fans and English Heritage staff, will wear black cloaks and carry shields, with the designs based on the four main houses in the TV show.
They are a reference to the Night’s Watch guardsmen – a military order which guards the wall, which stretches 100 leagues (300 miles) along the northern border of seven kingdoms and is made of solid ice.
English Heritage said other similarities were the oath taken by the Night’s Watch, forbidding them to marry or to father children, similar to what was originally expected of the Roman soldiers.
Game of Thrones is HBO’s most popular ever TV series.
It has won multiple Emmy awards and drawn tens of millions of viewers worldwide.
The show is based on George RR Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels.
Fans of his books been waiting for about eight years for The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the epic series that began with A Game of Thrones in 1996.
A trailer for season eight was released in January, the first glimpse of new material since 2017.
Hadrian’s Wall was built to guard the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire and runs 73 miles (117km) between Wallsend in North Tyneside and Bowness on Solway in Cumbria.
The watchers will be able to answer questions about Hadrian’s Wall and also about Game of Thrones, particularly how the Roman Wall inspired Martin’s books.
An English Heritage spokeswoman said: “We would love it if the story and programme inspired more people to come and see the wall for themselves.”
The watchers will be at Birdoswald Roman Fort, in Cumbria, and Corbridge Roman Town, Housesteads Roman Fort and Chesters Roman Fort, all in Northumberland, from this week until the final series, which starts in April, and ends later this year.
Millions of fans are desperate to discover who will finally sit on the Iron Throne, and rule the fantasy land of Westeros.
The Edinburgh-born actor has recorded a voice-over for an animated film which has been unveiled to coincide with the kick-starting of at least three years of fundraising. The Quaich Project.
The Quaich Project, as the revamp will be known from today, will create a new arena for open-air concerts and events in West Princes Street Gardens, replacing the existing Ross Bandstand at the heart of “a landmark space that makes a clear statement as a welcoming, diverse, historic and forward-thinking destination”. Named after Scotland’s traditional cup of friendship, the new identity is said to have been inspired by the bowl-shaped topography of the gardens, which host the fireworks finale of the Edinburgh International Festival and the centrepiece concert of the city’s Hogmanay celebrations. The Ross Development Trust, which was created by former Edinburgh Playhouse owner Norman Springford after he offered to help pay for a new venue, said the planned overhaul would make the gardens “truly world class”. Mr Springford, who has offered to pay £5 million towards the cost of The Quaich, declared: “Our ambition is to create a space that says something about us as a nation – a place we can all be proud of.” As it will look after the transformation The trust, which says it wants to “bring people together in new ways to celebrate one of Scotland’s finest green spaces,” hopes there will be a hike in the number of people using the gardens, by opening up the area currently occupied by the bandstand for daily use, as well as overhauling the wider landscape. The campaign and brand have been developed by The Edinburgh-based advertising and design agency The Lane, whose previous clients include Edinburgh Airport, ferry company Caledonian MacBrayne, biscuit manufacturer Border and Scottish dairy firm Graham’s.
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Linlithgow Palace ( Outlander, Mary Queen of Scots )
Rosslyn Chapel ( the Davinci code )
Blackness Castle ( the Outlaw King , Mary Queen of Scots )
the historic Hippodrome cinema in Bo’ness
1 The Hippodrome cinema in Bo’ness
The historic Hippodrome cinema was built in 1912 .
A personal guide from Falkirk Community Trust will take your group on a tour round the inside of the Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness: Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema . You will learn about local entrepreneur Louis Dickson – the man with the vision to open Scotland’s first picture palace – his architect Matthew Steele, and the unique building they created together. Hear the fascinating history of this remarkable building, discover some of its quirky mysteries and get behind-the-scenes with an exclusive opportunity to visit the projection box. The tour includes a 15 minute film about the magnificent restoration work undertaken to restore the cinema to its pre-Art Deco glory and time for questions too.
Access: Please note the balcony and projection box are only accessible by stairs, the latter very steep and narrow. The tour can be modified for people with mobility difficulties on request.
2 Doune Castle
Doune Castle is unique in that it actually has three claims to movie fame .
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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Doune Castle was widely used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail as the castle of Guy de Lombard .
Take the audio tour of the castle narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
It also represented the castle Winterfell in Game of Thrones.
Originally dating to the 13th Century, Doune Castle near Stirling plays Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in Outlander TV series .
It also features in the 20th century episode when Claire and Frank Randall visit the castle on a day trip.
Once a Royal residence, Doune Castle was rebuilt by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany in the late 14th Century.
This royal palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots was featured in the Outlaw King . It also became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the TV show Outlander .
Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.
Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.
4 Blackness Castle
The castle has been used in a number of films including Hamlet, Outlander , the Outlaw king and Mary Queen of Scots.
Doomsday , an action thriller starring screen legends Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell , was filmed at Blackness castle. The Castle near Linlithgow is used for key scenes in the futuristic movie. The film’s plot centres on a deadly plague called the Reaper Virus, which kills hundreds of thousands of British citizens in 2007. In desperation, the Government evacuates as many survivors as it can from the infected area, then builds a wall to quarantine the remaining population. But 30 years later, with the wall still up and the victims all but forgotten, the virus breaks out again. The authorities send in a crack team of operatives, led by Major Eden Sinclair, to retrieve a cure by any means necessary.
She is played by Rhona Mitra, from TV shows Nip/Tuck and Boston Legal, who is currently on location at the castle – along with Clockwork Orange star McDowell and British actor Adrian Lester, who featured in Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow. However, Bob Hoskins – who plays a character called Bill Nelson in Doomsday – is not filming in West Lothian.
Both the interior and exterior of Blackness Castle will feature in the film, and fight scenes were played out at the ten-day shoot . The building, which will appear on screen as an unnamed Scottish castle, has been closed to the public for a fortnight to allow the shoot to go ahead. Nick Finnigan, Historic Scotland’s filming and events manager, said: “In view of the size and scale of the production, the decision was made to grant the film crew exclusive access to the castle for a short period. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Blackness Castle when it re-opens on May 14.” Doomsday is written and directed by Neil Marshall, whose previous work includes The Descent and Dog Soldiers. Other cast members include Sudanese actor Alexander Siddig, whose first main role was in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Dr. Julian Bashir and recently on screen as a reformed villain alongside Kiefer Sutherland in 24, while Sean Pertwee is also thought to be joining the cast.
5 The stunning chapel from the Davinci Code
Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, near Edinburgh
With more than 100 carvings and scenes depicted in stone, the exquisite masonry of Rosslyn Chapel has to be seen to be believed. Look out for angels playing bagpipes, people dancing with death and the famous apprentice pillar – the story goes that the apprentice mason who carved this exquisite pillar was killed shortly afterwards by his jealous boss.
This tour runs on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week .
Tour price – £295
Lunch and refreshments
Entrance fees to Doune Castle, Linlithgow Palace , Rosslyn Chapel and Blackness Castle
Visit Lallybroch , Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home in this private group tour to Lallybroch ( Midhope Castle) , Castle Leoch ( Doune Castle ) and Fort William ( Blackness Castle ) .Tours start at 10 am . We also offer bespoke private tours with the option of choosing your own itinerary . Phone 07305-294773 for booking or contact us online .
Tours start from locations in Edinburgh or Glasgow .
Normal pickup point is Edinburgh/ Glasgow city centre , your hotel or port . Other pickup points can be arranged . Small groups of up to four people three Outlander filming locations .
On this tour we visit three castle locations used for filming the hit series Outlander. Based on the best selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is filmed in a number of locations in castles and towns in central Scotland.
1 Midhope Castle – Lallybroch
Lallybroch is the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser , filmed at 15th century Midhope Castle .
Scenes were shot at Midhope Castle near the Hopetoun Estate near South Queensferry.
Midhope was built in the 15th Century and was built by John Martyne, laird of Medhope. It was rebuilt in the mid 1600s and remains much the same today.
Visitors are asked to admire Midhope from a distance as the interior remains largely derelict .
Midhope Castle is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser , and it is located on the Hopetoun Estate . Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside. Midhope Castle tours can be booked on
2 . Doune Castle was built in 1400 for the first Duke of Albany and provides the setting for Castle Leoch in Outlander. It was also the set for Winterfell in Game of Thrones and Monty Python’s Holy Grail.
Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.
3 . Blackness Castle goes back to 1440 . The castle provides the setting for Fort William, as the original fort no longer exists.
The castle is long and narrow because of the shape of the rock on which it is situated and it is sometimes called ‘ the ship that never sailed ‘ . It guards the bay at Blackness and is only a few miles from Linlithgow Palace . The first castle was built in the middle of the 15th century by Sir George Crichton , Earl of Caithness , a member of one of the most powerful families in Scotland . King James II acquired Blackness in 1453 when he annexed the lands of the Crichtons . From then on the castle was mainly used as a prison . In 1543 Cardinal Beaton was held here for a month . Rebuilding started in the 1530s under the direction of Sir James Hamilton of Finnart who also worked at Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle . He was instructed to make the castle safe from artillery , and he achieved this by making the south and east walls very thick . A new tower was built at the south end . In the 1560s , in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots , a Spur was built to protect the main gate . In the 1870s the castle was the main ammunition depot for Scotland .The Castle is a popular location for historical re-enactments and has changed little in 600 years . Doune is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland.
Hamlet has scenes filmed at Blackness Castle and Dunnottar Castle.
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Paul Scofield, Alan Bates, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter, John McEnery
The tour spends up to an hour at each location .
Travel by saloon car
Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people
Tour costs – £210 for up to four people .
Lunch , refreshments and entrance tickets are not included in the price.