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A regent is in charge of ruling a realm when a king or lord is underage or incapable of ruling due to injury or illness. The regent's service ends on the the ruler 's sixteenth name day or when the ruler recovers from his injury. Royal regents have also taken the title "Protector of the Realm", a title usually reserved for the king.


Septon Robeson acted as regent for the newborn son of the late Lord Damon Hightower.[1] A member of House Tyrell served as regent for the young King Garland VI Gardener.[2]

Sharra Arryn was the regent of the Vale for Ronnel Arryn, King of Mountain and Vale, during the War of Conquest.[3]

Queen Alyssa Velaryon served as Queen Regent during the first two years of the reign of her son, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[4]

Prince Aemond Targaryen became Prince Regent after his brother, King Aegon II Targaryen, was severely wounded and incapacitated for a year after the battle at Rook's Rest during the Dance of the Dragons. The mother of young Lord Lyonel Tyrell was regent for the Reach at the start of the civil war.[5]

The regency of Aegon III featured a council of seven regents. Regents were replaced as they resigned or died, the last three being chosen by the Great Council of 136.[6]

Gerold Lannister briefly served as regent for Lady Cerelle Lannister.[7]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lady Lysa Arryn rules the Vale of Arryn as regent for her young son, Lord Robert Arryn.[8]

In the will of King Robert I Baratheon, Lord Eddard Stark is named Lord Regent to Joffrey I Baratheon,[9] but his regency never transpires. Robert's widow, Cersei Lannister, declares herself Queen Regent to Joffrey after Eddard is arrested.[10]

A Clash of Kings

Cersei's control over Joffrey is tempered by her father Tywin, Joffrey's Hand of the King, and her brother Tyrion, Tywin's representative in King's Landing.[11]

A Feast for Crows

Cersei continues serving as Queen Regent for the new king, Tommen I Baratheon, after the deaths of Joffrey and Tywin and the flight from the capital by Tyrion.[12]

A Dance with Dragons

Kevan Lannister is made Lord Regent to Tommen after Cersei's imprisonment by the Faith of the Seven.[13]

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