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'Game of Thrones' theme music gets royal treatment in London

July 21, 2014 at 4:16 PM ET

The hauntingly beautiful theme music for HBO's "Game of Thrones" has been covered plenty of times, and a new video capturing yet another take on the recognizable instrumental has gone viral.

A YouTube video uploaded last week by Omer Barnea shows the Queen's Guard performing the song during a Changing of the Guard outside London's Buckingham Palace. The red-and-black-clad guardsmen pull off the cover with horned instruments, as opposed to the string version heard on television.

Although there's a view of the Palace balcony in the background, it probably would have been too much to ask of the Internet for Cersei Lannister (actress Lena Headey) to make an appearance and sulk over the pomp and circumstance.

Queen Elizabeth taking a peek would have been more likely, as she herself has paid a visit to the Northern Ireland set of the popular fantasy series. But maybe she only listens to Queen ... or Queensryche ... or Queens of the Stone Age. You get it.

Check out the real version of the music (composed by Ramin Djawadi) played during the show's opening credits, as well as more of the creative covers which have popped up online.

Cello version, by Break of Reality:

New Orleans jazz, by Swamp Donkeys:

Smooth jazz, by Scott Bradlee, featuring Dave Koz:

'80s version, by Steve Duzz:

Heavy metal, by Srod Almenara:

And, not to be outdone by real music, this spinning Peter Dinklage version is still our favorite:

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