The Kingsguard, also known as the White Cloaks or the White Swords, is a sworn brotherhood of seven knights appointed the task of protecting the king of Westeros, the royal family and their guests.

Customs[edit | edit source]

Duties[edit | edit source]

A knight of the Kingsguard is sworn in to serve for life. They can hold no lands, father no children and take no wife. If a knight of the Kingsguard becomes an invalid, then their brothers are meant to support them and take their roles.

Whilst knights of the Kingsguard aren't allowed to hold lands, they can be given titles. Ser Ryam Redwyne and Ser Criston Cole have both served as Hand of the King, and Ser Jaime Lannister briefly held the title Warden of the East.

One of the Kingsguard always stand outside the Small Council Chamber when a meeting of the Small council is called. Another is meant to always be stood standing guard on the bridge that leads to Maegor's Holdfast.

Uniform[edit | edit source]

The Kingsguard wear white cloaks and intricate suits of white enameled scale. Their fastenings are traditionally made of silver. Their uniform is plain yet striking. Only a knight of the Kingsguard can bear a plain white shield.

Appointments[edit | edit source]

The rites to appointing a knight to the Kingsguard can vary. It is traditionally a formal event, where the knight kneels before the king and is then given his cloak, either by the Hand of the King or the current Lord Commander. This isn't always the case, however, as some knights, such as Ser Rolland Darklyn, have been sworn in when on the battlefield.

The White Book[edit | edit source]

The White Book contains the full and uninterrupted history of the Kingsguard. It is held in the White Sword Tower and is traditionally maintained by the Lord Commander. Each member is given one page to record details about themselves and their accomplishments.

Kingsguard under House Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under King Aegon I Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Two members of Aegon's Kingsguard died protecting him.

Under King Aenys I Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under King Maegor I Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under King Jaehaerys I Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under King Viserys I Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under King Aegon II Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under King Aegon III Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under King Daeron I Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Three of Daeron's Kingsguard perished alongside Daeron when he was killed by the Dornish. Another threw down his sword and yielded.

Under King Baelor I Targaryen[edit | edit source]

  • Prince Aemon Targaryen, Lord Commander

Under King Viserys II Targaryen[edit | edit source]

  • Prince Aemon Targaryen, Lord Commander

Under King Aegon IV Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Both Ser Terrence and Prince Aemon died during the rule of King Aegon.

Under King Daeron II Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under King Aerys I Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under King Aegon V Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under King Jaehaerys II Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under King Aerys II Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under an Unknown King[edit | edit source]

Kingsguard under House Baratheon of King's Landing[edit | edit source]

Under King Robert I Baratheon[edit | edit source]

Ser Richard Horpe was in line to be named to the Kingsguard but Queen Cersei Lannister spoke out against him. It is unknown why Cersei didn't want Richard.

Under King Joffrey I Baratheon[edit | edit source]

Under King Tommen I Baratheon[edit | edit source]

  • Lord Commander Jaime Lannister
  • Ser Meryn Trant
  • Ser Osmund Kettleblack
  • Ser Boros Blount
  • Ser Arys Oakheart. Killed by Areo Hotah in Dorne.
  • Ser Balon Swann
  • Ser Loras Tyrell
  • Ser Robert Strong. Raised to the Kingsguard after the death of Arys Oakheart.

Claimants to the Iron Throne[edit | edit source]

Under King Aegon VI Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Queensguard[edit | edit source]

The Queensguard is a variant of the Kingsguard reserved for female monarchs. Its customs and setup is the same as the Kingsguard.

Queensguard under House Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen[edit | edit source]

Under Queen Daenerys Targaryen[edit | edit source]

  • Lord Commander Jorah Mormont, former Lord Commander, banished by Queen Daenerys.
  • Lord Commander Barristan Selmy. Raised to Lord Commander after Jorah Mormont was banished.
  • Aggo
  • Rakharo
  • Jhogo
  • Belwas

Rainbow Guard[edit | edit source]

The Rainbow Guard was a group of knights established by King Renly Baratheon to fulfill the same duties as the Kingsguard of his legal nephew, King Joffrey. The Rainbow Guard knights each wear a cloak of a different colour, with the seven combined together to represent a rainbow, a symbol of piety in the eyes of the Faith of the Seven.

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