Lord Commander of the Kingsguard

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Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
Region Seven Kingdoms
Current Holder Ser Jaime Lannister
First Holder Ser Corlys Velaryon
Creator King Aegon I Targaryen
Queen Visenya Targaryen
Created 10 AC
Unadorned white shield of the Kingsguard.

Lord Commander is the title held by the most senior sworn brother of the Kingsguard,[1] Queensguard,[2] and Rainbow Guard.[3] The Lord Commander is appointed by the king of the Seven Kingdoms, generally from the existing pool of the Kingsguard. He is a member of the small council.


Ser Criston Cole, the Lord Commander for King Viserys I Targaryen, disobeyed the king's will and crowned Aegon II Targaryen instead of Rhaenyra Targaryen, beginning the Dance of the Dragons.[4]

During the regency of the young king Aegon III Targaryen, Ser Robin Massey was named Lord Commander by Aegon III but the appointment was later set aside by the Lord Regent and Hand of the King, Lord Unwin Peake in 133 AC.[5]

Ser Gerold Hightower, the leader of King Aerys II Targaryen's Kingsguard, was slain at the tower of joy during Robert's Rebellion.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Following the death of King Robert I Baratheon, the new king, Joffrey I Baratheon, dismisses Lord Commander Ser Barristan Selmy and replaces him with Ser Jaime Lannister.[7]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Loras Tyrell serves as the Lord Commander of Renly Baratheon's short-lived Rainbow Guard.[3]

A Dance with Dragons

Ser Barristan becomes the Lord Commander of the Queensguard of Queen Daenerys Targaryen.[2]

Known Lord Commanders

Unknown Reign

It is unknown under which king the following Lord Commanders served:


The Lord Commander of the Kingsguard must be valiant.[17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 2, Daenerys I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 The Princess and the Queen.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  6. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
  7. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  10. Fire & Blood, Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 The Rogue Prince.
  12. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  13. Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  14. George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Aemon Targaryen.
  15. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
  16. A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 58, Eddard XV.