Protector of the Realm

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Protector of the Realm
Office Commander-in-chief
Region Seven Kingdoms
Current Holder Vacant
First Holder King Aegon I Targaryen
Creator Aegon's High Septon
Created 1 AC

Protector of the Realm, sometimes Lord Protector of the Realm, is one of the three titles held by the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, along with King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men and Lord of the Seven Kingdoms.

The title seems to be of a military nature, referring to the overall command of the king over the armies of the Seven Kingdoms (commander-in-chief), as it has been held by regents in case of the minority or incapacity of the ruling king.[1] The king may also renounce the title and grant it of his own accord, especially if they feel another is more suitable as a military leader.[2]

Known Protectors of the Realm who did not rule as kings

Lord Eddard Stark, Hand of the King, was declared Protector of the Realm as well as Lord Regent by Robert I Baratheon in his deathbed, but he was arrested for treason on the orders of Cersei Lannister.[12][13]

See also


  1. The Princess and the Queen.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Hedge Knight.
  3. Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  4. Fire & Blood, Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Blacks and the Greens.
  7. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  8. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  9. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  10. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  11. A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 47, Eddard XIII.
  13. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 49, Eddard XIV.