Lord Commander of the Kingsguard

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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]

Ser Gerold Hightower, the leader of King Aerys II Targaryen's Kingsguard, was slain at the tower of joy during Robert's Rebellion.[5]

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.[6]

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 Lords Commanders


The Lord Commander of the Kingsguard must be valiant.[11]

Varys to Eddard Stark