Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Everything You Need To Know About The Game of Thrones Character


If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you surely recognize Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. She has one of the most prominent roles to play in the popular series. 

The actress who plays the role of Rhaenyra Targaryen goes by the name Milly Alcock and Emma D’Arcy. In this article, you will be finding out everything you need to know about this GOT character.

Who is Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen?

Princess Rhaenyra is the only surviving child of King Viserys I Targaryen and Queen Aemma Arryn. Her mount is she dragon called Syrax. She is one of those strong-willed characters in the show who do not want to remain bound to feminine duties. All she has ever wanted to achieve is to become the first ruling Queen of Westeros.

Rhaenyra Targaryen

Rhaenyra Targaryen

It is Princess Rhaenyra’s clash with her younger half-brother Aegon II that led to the Dance of the Dragons.

Early Life of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen

Rhaenyra Targaryen was born in 97 AC. Both her brother died in the cradle. She became a dragon rider to the young dragon Syrax when she was seven years old. Targaryen became the cupbearer for her father at the age of 8. That is also a reason why the King was seen with her every time after.

Ser Criston Cole disarmed the Princess’s uncle Daemon and became her knight and protector during public events. Later in the show, Rhaenyra is declared the Princess of Dragonstone. Her father proclaimed her the heir to the throne. Hence, even after his marriage with a second wife, King Viserys I Targaryen did not claim the sons of his second queen as the heirs.

Prior to turning 16, she lost her virginity to her uncle Daemon in the process of seducing her love interest Criston Cole. The scandalous event was claimed falsely by Mushroom who says that Rhaenyra remained a virgin during her lesson with her uncle.

Princess of Dragonstone

At the age of 16, she reigned as the Princess of Dragonstone. Despite having lots of admirers and lords asking for her hand in marriage, she chose to marry Ser Laenor Velaryon which led to her father threatening her to lose the Iron Throne. Likewise, later in her life, her three sons are rumored to be the seed of her lover, Harwin Strong who is also famous as “Breakbones”.

princess rhaenyra targaryen

As her lover Harwin Strong dies in the latter half of the Game of Thrones, she secretly marries her uncle Daemon. It took a while for King Viserys I Targaryen and Daemon to come to good terms. The Princess is also impregnated by her uncle after which she gives birth to her other sons,  Princes Aegon and Viserys Targaryen.

Her Legacy

Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen is not remembered as much in the history of Westeros. All three of her first sons die in the Dance of the Dragons. The sons that she has with Daemon, however, manage to survive the civil war. Rhaenyra wins the civil war against her half-younger brother Aegon II after dies. Likewise, it is her son who witnesses her death by her deceased brother’s dragon.

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