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Regent is the title held by a noble who rules in the name of a King, Queen, Lord, or Lady, because the rightful ruler is a child or is incapacitated. When ruling in the name of a child, a regent's rule ends when the child heir reaches adulthood. In the Seven Kingdoms, the legal age of adulthood is 16 years old.

When a regent rules in the name of the King of the Andals and the First Men, he or she may also hold the title of Protector of the Realm. A royal regent also holds a seat in the Small Council, taking the place of the young monarch. While a regent functionally rules in place of an underage monarch, only the actual ruler and the Hand of the King may sit on the Iron Throne itself. For this reason, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister sits on a gilded chair at the foot of the throne.

If a king dies and his own queen acts as regent for their children, she is known as the "Queen Regent". Since a regency, by definition, requires a king's death, the title "King Regent" is never used; a male acting as regent for a king would hold the title "Lord Regent". Regents for regular lordships may be called "Lord (Lady) Protector" or "Lord (Lady) Regent".

Various regents

Historical regents

  • Queen {Sharra Arryn} was regent for her son, King Ronnel Arryn, at the time of the Targaryen Conquest. Ultimately, she surrendered to the Targaryens after Visenya Targaryen flew her dragon directly to the Eyrie. In exchange, the Arryns were allowed to continue to rule as Lords Paramount of the Vale under the Targaryens.
  • Queen Alyssa Velaryon served as Queen Regent during the first two years of the reign of Jaehaerys the Conciliator.
  • Prince Aemond Targaryen served as Regent after his brother King Aegon II was wounded during the Dance of the Dragons.
  • Mother of Lord Lyonel Tyrell (Governor of Dorne during the reign of Daeron I) served as Regent of Highgarden.
  • A board of regents served during the minority of Aegon III.
  • Lord Gerold Lannister, Tywin's grandfather served briefly as Regent for his niece Lady Cerelle Lannister.

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