Game of Thrones cast ‘write to Penny Mordaunt to praise her sword carrying role at the Coronation’ after she told how she took painkillers to help and did press ups in preparation
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Penny Mordaunt has been hailed by the cast of Game of Thrones for her sword carrying role during the service of King Charles III’s Coronation.
The Leader of the House of Commons carried a sword at the historic event as Lord President of the Privy Council, a role she has undertaken since September last year.
Dressed in a teal blue dress with gold detail and a matching cape, Ms Mordaunt carried the 4ft 17th-century Sword of State into the Abbey before presenting it to the King in his throne. It was the first time a woman has performed this role.
Since the event, Miss Mordaunt has become a social media hit, with many political figures also praising her efforts.
And she now has reportedly received plaudits from the cast of Game of Thrones – a show set in a magical medieval world with dragons and fierce political rivalries.
Tory MP Penny Mordaunt carried a sword at the historic event as Lord President of the Privy Council
Ms Mordaunt carried the 17th-century Sword of State into the Abbey before presenting it to the King in his throne
A Westminster insider said: ‘Penny has been flooded with fan mail and letters from all over the world after her performance at the Coronation – including from people at Game of Thrones.
‘It is incredible how the world has really taken to the moment. The Coronation was an incredible spectacle,’ they said according to the Sun on Sunday.
After carrying the Sword of State at the ceremony, Miss Mordaunt was then presented with the Jewelled Sword of Offering, a smaller item decorated with silver, diamonds, rubies and emeralds.
The sword was blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury before Ms Mordaunt then presented it to the King, who clipped it into his girdle.
It was eventually returned to Ms Mordaunt – who in 2014 featured on ITV’s diving show Splash! and was named ‘Britain’s sexiest MP’ in a poll – and she carried it again as she walked ahead of the King following his crowning.
Miss Mordaunt revealed after the big day that she had undergone a training regime involving press-ups, as well as practising with a weighted replica of the 7lb 5oz sword originally made for Charles II.
Asked about being around the King with a ‘big pointy sword’, Ms Mordaunt admitted she did feel ‘a terrible weight of responsibility’.
Dressed in a custom-made teal outfit with a matching cape and headband with gold feather embroidery, Mordaunt held the pieces for the majority of the service.
Ms Mordaunt is pictured here holding the Sword of State and walking ahead of the King in his full regalia
Dressed in a £2,000 designer dress, Ms Mordaunt holds the Sword of State
She carried the 17th-century Sword of State in procession to the abbey. Its silver-gilt hilt features the form of a lion and unicorn and the wooden scabbard is covered in red velvet with silver-gilt rose, thistle and fleur-de-lis emblems.
Notable figures including a number of fellow MPs praised her, with Labour MP Emily Thornberry tweeting: ‘Got to say it, @PennyMordaunt looks damn fine! The sword bearer steals the show.’
Author and columnist Caitlin Moran also commented on the social media buzz around Ms Mordaunt’s role, saying: ‘Penny Mordaunt’s sword is the ‘Pippa Middleton’s Bum’ of the Coronation.’
Labour MP Chris Bryant said in a tweet: ‘The Penny is mightier than the sword.’
Ms Mordaunt, who is also the Leader of the House of Commons, explained: ‘The Lord President of the Council is really the chairman of the King’s Privy Council.
‘It used to be the executive for the King, and it still does a lot of business and it’s an important part of our constitution and the authority that we have in Parliament.
‘On the day I am representing the King’s authority, and I am going to be doing a number of things.’
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