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June 20, 2014 03:35 PM

If there’s one thing Game of Thrones fans can agree on, it’s that the fictional inhabitants of Westeros would be absolutely terrifying rulers in the real world.

And yet, however enticing – or in some cases repugnant – the fantasy world’s characters may be, the similarities between George R.R. Martin’s royal clan and the House of Windsor are more substantial than one might first suspect.

In light of Middle Earth’s most recent royal guest, check out these subtle parallels that bridge the gap between majestic fiction and honorable reality.

Olenna Tyrell and Queen Elizabeth II

Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell and Queen Elizabeth II
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Though nobody would accuse them of being cuddly grannies, these two stone-faced women are indubitably powerhouse matriarchs. Highly respected and ever-classy, our stern heroines have navigated decades of social and political change while traveling along the path of noblesse. And, let’s face it, anyone who can take on Tywin Lannister – or keep a cluster of nations under control – deserves the utmost respect.

Daenerys Targaryen and Kate Middleton

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kate Middleton
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Charismatic lady leaders known for their luscious locks, both Dany and Kate are princesses of the people – loved by all and respected across kingdoms. Each woman follows a path that leads straight to the throne, with the main difference being the Duchess of Cambridge does not bring three wily dragons in tow everywhere she goes.

Robert Stark and Prince William

Richard Madden as Robert Stark and Prince William
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Both steeped with charm and ultimate man-of-the-year morals, these two monarchs are men to be recognized as the archetypical representation of what a prince should be – though, perhaps William’s cross-kingdom popularity rating is a little more widespread (and no one can argue with the fact that Rob Stark and Daenerys would have made the ultimate power couple in a perfect Westeros).

Tywin Lannister and Prince Charles

Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister and Prince Charles
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These two Lords of the land are comparable, if not only because they could actually be real-life twins (and are both named Charles). This heir apparent and hand of the king both rule the West and know how to get things done – you know, with Prince Charles’ methods being a little more modern and civil.

Tommen Baratheon and Prince George

Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon and Prince George
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If Prince George were about 13 years older and mounting the British throne, we suspect he’d be something like the only truly innocent and good-natured Barathister on the block – not to mention the mutual big eyes, chubby cheeks and blonde locks.

Tyrion Lannister and Prince Harry

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Prince Harry
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These royals might not be top dog, but they both reserve a special place in the center of our hearts. Equipped with ruling wit and a reputation for being the realm s most eligible bachelors (think I Wanna Marry Harry and GoT seasons one through three), these guys know how to make the most of their lifestyles without losing sight of what s really important – namely, the fate of the Iron Islands and keeping the royal military in check. The major difference between the two? We wouldn’t dare call Harry’s nephew a Joffrey.

Hodor and Lupo the Royal Canine

Kristian Nairn as Hodor and Lupo
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Don’t pretend like you weren’t thinking it too. There might not be any such thing as “man’s best friend” in Westeros, but if there was, it’d be the man of a thousand virtues and few (one) words.

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