This is the absolutely brilliant reason Cersei Lannister wasn't at Kit Harrington's wedding
Traditionally, Game of Thrones weddings are events to be feared. Whether it's a pregnant woman being massacred, or a tyrant teenage king gruesomely meeting his end, you can pretty much count on the fact that a union in Westeros is going to end in tragedy for one person or another.
However, one wedding that appeared to go perfectly is Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie's. Taking place in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on Saturday, the event saw guests line the path outside Rayne Church and showering the newlyweds with flower petal confetti, before heading to the reception at Wardhill Castle. The beautiful day was something that would never take place in the Game of Thrones universe.
The ceremony saw almost the entire cast of the show take a day off filming and line up to fly to Scotland to celebrate, including Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Ben Crompton (Eddison Tollett) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark).
Nonetheless, there was at least one noticeable absence: our favourite ice queen, Cersei Lannister was nowhere to be seen. Yet, it turns out that actress Lena Headey seemingly had a pretty decent excuse for not attending the wedding of the year: she was busy advocating for refugees, as well as celebrating that women in Saudi Arabia are finally able to drive.
On the day of the wedding, the actress took to Instagram to make it clear that she stands with those out there who have been displaced, posting a picture of herself with the hashtag #ISTANDWITHREFUGEES.
It's certainly not the first time she has spoken out about the issue; the star is an official voice of the International Rescue Committee, an organisation that assists those who have been forced out of their home countries due to war and famine and helps get their lives back on track by establishing a long-term path for recovery.
In addition, days before the wedding Headey was spotted creating a film for World Refugee Day at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, so we can only assume she was too busy with her refugee work to attend Kit and Leslie's nuptials.
The actress also marked the landmark day on which women could finally hit the roads in Saudi Arabia, the last country in the world to allow women to drive with another post. "Today marks a very special day in history," Headey wrote on Instagram. "Saudi Arabia finally allows women to drive unaccompanied. Lives will change forever. This is the last country in the world to allow women to drive. Jaguar support the ban being lifted by creating WORLD DRIVING DAY. #worlddrivingday @jaguar".
It's a shame she couldn't make it, but even without her, the couple seemed to have an incredible day, with Harington telling L'Uomo Vogue shortly before the wedding that it was "easy" to fall in love with his co-star. "Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love. If you're already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love," he said.
Congratulations to the happy couple - and a big well done to Lena for supporting a more than worthy cause.