Prince of Dragonstone
Prince of Dragonstone or, in some cases, Princess of Dragonstone, was the title of the heir apparent to the Iron Throne during the Targaryen dynasty. The heir apparent's seat was the castle of Dragonstone located on the island of the same name.
After Aegon I Targaryen conquered the Seven Kingdoms, he decided to construct a new capital city, King's Landing, in the new town growing around his newly constructed seat, the Aegonfort, which was torn down in 35 ᴀᴄ in preparation for the construction of the Red Keep. The seat of Dragonstone remained in possession of House Targaryen. Aegon I had two children: Aenys, born in 7 ᴀᴄ, and Maegor, born in 12 ᴀᴄ. Despite being Aegon I's eldest son and heir for many years, Aenys never held the title "Prince of Dragonstone".[N 1] Aenys was raised by Aegon I at King's Landing, and accompanied his father on royal progressions. Meanwhile Maegor was raised by his mother, Queen Visenya Targaryen, at Dragonstone and in time became known as the "Prince of Dragonstone". Maegor continued to hold the title during the earlier years of Aenys's own reign. It was only in 41 ᴀᴄ, a year after Maegor had left the Seven Kingdoms in exile, that Aenys established "Prince of Dragonstone" as a formal title by appointing it to his own heir, Prince Aegon.
Upon Aenys's own death, Maegor returned from exile and claimed the Iron Throne. He had three wives already, but in 47 ᴀᴄ, still lacking an heir, married three widowed women known to be fertile. One of these was his niece, Princess Rhaena, who had born twin girls to her late brother, Prince Aegon. Maegor named one of the girls, Aerea, as his heir until he had children of his own. However, she has not been confirmed to have been appointed the title "Princess of Dragonstone".
Not every Targaryen monarch held the title "Prince of Dragonstone" before coming to the throne, such as in times when there were several deaths in rapid succession so a younger son instantly succeeded to the throne (such as Aerys I and Aegon V).
After Robert's Rebellion, the Targaryen dynasty was at an end. The title "Prince of Dragonstone" has not been used by the new royal house, House Baratheon of King's Landing. Instead, Dragonstone was granted to Lord Stannis Baratheon as his personal seat. He now rules Dragonstone as the Lord of Dragonstone, a title which had also been used by the Targaryens prior to Aegon's Conquest.
However, two children of King Aerys II still remain. Viserys Targaryen, who had been crowned on Dragonstone prior to its fall, named his young sister Daenerys Targaryen, as his sole heir, the Princess of Dragonstone. After Viserys' death, Daenerys declared herself Queen. She has not yet named a new heir.
A Game of Thrones
Known Princes and Princesses of Dragonstone
|During the reign of King||Prince(ss) of Dragonstone||Period||Notes|
|Aegon I||Maegor Targaryen||Unknown - 37 ᴀᴄ||Though he was not Aegon I's heir, his residence at Dragonstone led to Maegor becoming known as the "Prince of Dragonstone".|
|Aenys I||Maegor Targaryen||37 ᴀᴄ - 41 ᴀᴄ||Maegor held his moniker during the early years of his brother's reign, despite not being Aenys's heir.|
|Aegon Targaryen||41 ᴀᴄ - 43 ᴀᴄ||The first person to formally hold the title "Prince of Dragonstone" upon its creation. In 41 ᴀᴄ at his wedding feast, Aegon was granted the title by his father, a year after Prince Maegor had left Westeros in exile. Aegon's uncle Maegor claimed the throne upon Aenys's death. Aegon continued to hold the title until his death in 43 ᴀᴄ.|
|None||43 ᴀᴄ - 48 ᴀᴄ||Despite his six marriages, Maegor had no living children of his own. Upon his marriage to Princess Rhaena Targaryen in 47 ᴀᴄ, he named Rhaena's eldest daughter Aerea as his heir, until he had sons of his own. It is unknown whether Aerea was also appointed the title "Princess of Dragonstone"|
|Jaehaerys I||Aemon Targaryen.||Unknown - 92 ᴀᴄ|
|Baelon Targaryen||92 ᴀᴄ - 101 ᴀᴄ||Prince Baelon, Jaehaerys's next eldest son, became heir upon the death of his brother Aemon, having been chosen over Aemon's daughter, Princess Rhaenys.|
|Viserys Targaryen||101 ᴀᴄ - 103 ᴀᴄ||Prince Viserys, Prince Baelon's eldest son, was proclaimed Jaehaerys's heir by a Great Council, instead of Princess Rhaenys Targaryen, Prince Aemon's daughter, or Laenor Velaryon or Laena Velaryon, the children of Princess Rhaenys.|
|Viserys I||Rhaenyra Targaryen||103 ᴀᴄ - 129 ᴀᴄ||Rhaenyra's position as Princess of Dragonstone was ignored upon the death of her father, King Viserys I Targaryen. Her younger half-brother, Aegon, was crowned King instead.|
|Rhaenyra I||Jacaerys Velaryon||129 ᴀᴄ - 129 ᴀᴄ||Despite Rhaenyra's rule never being officially recognized, Rhaenyra did possess Dragonstone, and upon her own coronation, named her eldest son, Prince Jacaerys, Prince of Dragonstone.|
|Joffrey Velaryon||129 ᴀᴄ - 130 ᴀᴄ|
|Aegon III||Daeron Targaryen||143 ᴀᴄ - 157 ᴀᴄ|
|Daeron I||Baelor Targaryen||157 ᴀᴄ - 161 ᴀᴄ|
|Baelor I||None||161 ᴀᴄ - 171 ᴀᴄ||Despite the fact that Baelor had his marriage set aside as soon as he was able to do so, he had not named an heir. Upon his death, without issue of his own, the lords of the realm eventually decided to give the crown to Prince Viserys, Baelor's uncle and Hand, instead of Princess Daena, Baelor's eldest sister, and once his wife.|
|Viserys II||Aegon Targaryen||171 ᴀᴄ - 172 ᴀᴄ|
|Aegon IV||Daeron Targaryen||172 ᴀᴄ - 184 ᴀᴄ|
|Daeron II||Baelor Targaryen||184 ᴀᴄ - 209 ᴀᴄ|
|Valarr Targaryen||209 ᴀᴄ - 209 ᴀᴄ||Valarr, and his younger brother Matarys, both died during the Great Spring Sickness, as did King Daeron II.|
|Aerys I||Rhaegel Targaryen||209 ᴀᴄ - 215 ᴀᴄ|
|Aelor Targaryen||215 ᴀᴄ - 217 ᴀᴄ|
|Aelora Targaryen||217 ᴀᴄ - Unknown|
|Maekar Targaryen||Unknown - 221 ᴀᴄ||Despite the fact that Rhaegel's third child, Daenora, was still alive, Maekar was named Aerys's heir after Aelora's death.|
|Maekar I||Daeron Targaryen||221 ᴀᴄ - Unknown||Daeron died in an unknown year due to pox. He preferred to be styled as "Prince of Summerhall".|
|Aerion Targaryen||Unknown - 232 ᴀᴄ||Aerion drank himself to death with a cup of wildfire in 232 ᴀᴄ. Maekar failed to name a new Prince of Dragonstone before his own death in 233 ᴀᴄ, leading to the Great Coucil to eventually decide on Maekar's successor in 233 ᴀᴄ.|
|Aegon V||Duncan Targaryen||233 ᴀᴄ - 239 ᴀᴄ||Duncan renounced his rights to the throne when he married Jenny of Oldstones.|
|Jaehaerys Targaryen||239 ᴀᴄ - 259 ᴀᴄ|
|Jaehaerys II||Aerys Targaryen||259 ᴀᴄ - 262 ᴀᴄ|
|Aerys II||Rhaegar Targaryen||262 ᴀᴄ - 283 ᴀᴄ||Last official Prince of Dragonstone.|
|Viserys Targaryen||283 ᴀᴄ - 283 ᴀᴄ||Prince Viserys was proclaimed King on Dragonstone after news of the deaths of his father, brother and nephew reached Dowager Queen Rhaella Targaryen.|
|Viserys Targaryen||Daenerys Targaryen||284 ᴀᴄ - 298 ᴀᴄ||Though Dragonstone had been lost to House Targaryen following Robert's Rebellion, which concluded in 283 ᴀᴄ, and the fall of Dragonstone the following year, the exiled king Viserys granted the title to his sister, and sole heir.|
Whilst Aegon II Targaryen is recorded in history as the official monarch of the Seven Kingdoms from King Viserys I's death in 129 ᴀᴄ until his own death in 131 ᴀᴄ, he is not mentioned to have declared a Prince or Princess of Dragonstone, despite having had three children and three brothers. Since during most of that time period Dragonstone was in possession of Rhaenyra Targaryen, who, as the declared heir of King Viserys I, had crowned herself Queen, it might be that Aegon II did not feel he could declare a Prince of Princess of Dragonstone until the castle was conquered. Rhaenyra, however, acknowledged several Princes of Dragonstone during this time. Dragonstone came in the possession of Aegon II in late 130 ᴀᴄ. In 131 ᴀᴄ, at the behest of Lord Corlys Velaryon, Aegon betrothed his only remaining child, Princess Jaehaera Targaryen, to Rhaenyra's eldest surviving son, Aegon the Younger, and named them his heirs. Whether either Jaehaera or Aegon the Younger were given the title Princess of Prince of Dragonstone after this is currently unknown.
- A first-run print of The World of Ice and Fire includes a mention of Aenys I as "the Prince of Dragonstone" during Aegon I's reign in The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I, but this was confirmed to be a print error and corrected in subsequent versions.
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