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The Royal Family of Hyrule, often shortened to the Royal Family, is the governing monarch family of Hyrule. It typically consists of a reigning male sovereign, a princess traditionally named Zelda, and, sometimes, a prince. Oddly enough, no queen has been introduced in any of the games so far, save for a brief mention of Zelda's mother in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

History

When the Golden Goddesses first created Hyrule, the people of the land were said to be at peace. However, once the Sacred Realm and the all powerful Triforce resting within it became known to the people, many sought to enter and claim the Triforce as their own. Thus the Hyrulean Civil War began, as the tribes of Hyrule fought to establish dominion over the Sacred Realm. Finally, the war was ended when the King of Hyrule united all the tribes under the banner of the Hylian Royal Family.

Appearances

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The Legend of Zelda

The only member of the Royal Family mentioned in the game is Princess Zelda, who is captured by Ganon during his attempt to acquire the Triforce of Wisdom. Impa serves as Princess Zelda's nursemaid.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

King of Hyrule (The Adventure of Link)

Artwork of the King of Hyrule from The Adventure of Link.

Long before the events of the game, the King of Hyrule possessed the united Triforce, and secretly sealed the Triforce of Courage away in the Great Palace. When the Prince of Hyrule ascended to the throne, he sought to find it and reunite the entire Triforce. A Magician of the court told the new king that his sister, Princess Zelda, was entrusted by their dying father with a secret that she would not divulge. It is believed that this secret was the location of the Triforce of Courage, although the game manual does not explicitly say so. The Princess was questioned by her brother, but refused to tell him their father's secret. The Magician threatened to curse her if she did not give up this knowledge, and when she again refused, he put her into an enchanted sleep, the effort of which caused the Magician's own death. The new king, grief-stricken, had his comatose sister locked in the North Castle, and decreed that in her honor all the daughters born to the Royal Family would be named Zelda.

Many years later, soon after Link's defeat of Ganon in The Legend of Zelda, a Triforce Mark appears on Link's hand. Impa, nursemaid of the current Princess Zelda, informs him that it is a sign that he is destined to retrieve the Triforce of Courage, unite it with the other two pieces, and use them to awaken the sleeping Princess Zelda. After a long journey fraught with peril, Link is able to open the seal on the Great Temple, retrieve the Triforce of Courage from within, and with the unified Triforce, awaken Zelda from her long slumber.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Prior to the events of the game, a dark wizard named Agahnim gained the trust of the King of Hyrule. Agahnim eventually betrayed and killed the king, taking the throne for himself and brainwashing the Knights of Hyrule to do his bidding. Aghanim is the alter-ego of Ganon, the King of Evil, who was long ago sealed away in the Dark World by the Seven Wise Men. In order to break the seal, Agahnim begins banishing the Seven Maidens, descendants of the Seven Wise Men, to the Dark World. The last maiden in line is Princess Zelda. Fortunately, Link receives Zelda's telepathic message and goes to Hyrule Castle's dungeon and rescues her. Despite Link's efforts however, Zelda is eventually recaptured and banished to the Dark World, releasing the seal on Ganon. Before the evil king can launch his conquest of Hyrule though, Link is able to free Zelda and the other maidens, slay Agahnim, and defeat Ganon, acquiring the Triforce from him. Touching the Triforce, Link wishes that all Ganon's evil deeds be undone. His wish is granted, the King of Hyrule is brought back to life, and peace returns to the land.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

As the game takes place on the island of Koholint instead of Hyrule, the Royal Family does not appear in the game. Only one of its members is briefly mentioned, when Link mistakes Marin for Princess Zelda after he wakes up.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Hyrule Castle (Ocarina of Time)

Hyrule Castle from Ocarina of Time.

The Hyrulean Civil War ended less than a decade before the events of the game. The leaders of the tribes of the land have sworn allegiance to the King of Hyrule, including Darunia of the Gorons, King Zora XVI of the Zora, and Ganondorf of the Gerudo. However, Ganondorf plots to betray the king and seize the Triforce. The Sheikah are also sworn protectors of the Royal Family. Link eventually meets Princess Zelda, who has had a dream foretelling Ganondorf's betrayal and Link's arrival. Her father, the King, does not believe her, and still puts his trust in Ganondorf. Zelda devises a plan for Link to retrieve the Triforce before Ganondorf does and use it to stop him. Link is eventually able to acquire the three Spiritual Stones needed to gain entry to the Sacred Realm, but before he can use them, Ganondorf launches an invasion of Hyrule Castle. It is believed that the King of Hyrule was killed during the attack. Impa, Zelda's nursemaid, is able to escape with the princess. As the two ride past Link, Zelda tosses him the Ocarina of Time, the final item needed to access the Sacred Realm. When Link opens the way to the Sacred Realm however, the plan backfires as Ganondorf enters himself. Link awakens seven years later from a magical sleep to find himself an adult in a world ruled by Ganondorf. After much questing, Link is able to find the Six Sages with the power to seal off Ganondorf. He then discovers that Sheik, who has been aiding him, is actually Princess Zelda in disguise and the seventh sage. When Zelda reveals this however, Ganondorf notices as well and warps her to his castle. After a fierce battle, Link is able to free Princess Zelda and defeat Ganondorf. The Seven Sages then seal Ganondorf away in the Sacred Realm. Peace returns to Hyrule, though Zelda is likely the only remaining member of the Royal Family.

The Composer Brothers Sharp and Flat served the Royal Family prior to their deaths, and were researching the magical powers passed down among its members. The Royal Family has a tomb dedicated to them in Kakariko Graveyard.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

The game largely takes place in the alternate world of Termina, and so the Royal Family of Hyrule is not present. Princess Zelda does appear in a flashback, in which Link remembers her giving him the Ocarina of Time and teaching him the "Song of Time" before he departs Hyrule.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons

The two games take place in the lands of Labrynna and Holodrum, respectively, where the Royal Family of Hyrule has no presence. Some of the lands' inhabitants are aware of them though, as they have heard about Princess Zelda. In a linked game, Princess Zelda will come to Labrynna/Holodrum, warning of a coming darkness that she senses. She is eventually captured by Koume and Kotake in order to light one of the Flames of the Dark Rites, and so that she can be used as a sacrifice to resurrect the Evil King, Ganon. Link is able to interrupt the ritual before Zelda can be sacrificed. He defeats the Twinrova, who are forced to sacrifice themselves to resurrect a mindless, raging form of Ganon. Link is able to defeat Ganon as well, and saves Princess Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords

The only member of the Royal Family who appears is Princess Zelda. She and Link are checking on the Four Sword when Vaati, the evil wind mage who had been sealed within it, breaks free and captures her. Using the powers of the Four Sword, Link is eventually able to track down Vaati, seal him in the sword once again, and free Princess Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Princess Zelda and Aides

A painting of Princess Zelda and her advisers from The Wind Waker.

Some time after the events of Ocarina of Time, Hyrule is at peace under the rule of King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule. However, the seal keeping the evil king Ganondorf inside the Sacred Realm eventually weakens, and he once more invades Hyrule. This time, no hero appears to defeat Ganondorf, and the King and his people are forced to appeal to the gods, who cause the Great Flood. The people flee to the mountaintops that remain above the water and become the islands of the Great Sea. Hyrule is sealed away in a large bubble beneath the waves, and Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule remains there.

Many years later, Ganondorf and his monsters appear on the Great Sea and begins capturing Hylian girls, in an attempt to find the descendant of the Royal Family who has inherited the Triforce of Wisdom. Meanwhile, Link is guided on a quest to stop Ganondorf by Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, who is acting in secret through a boat that he embodies, the King of Red Lions. He gives Link the Wind Waker, a magical baton which was once used by the King of Hyrule to conduct the sages. The King of Red Lions eventually leads Link beneath the sea to his ancient kingdom of Hyrule. Link acquires the Master Sword from Hyrule and attempts to use it against Ganondorf. However, Link finds that the Master Sword has lost its power. Tetra, a pirate captain that Link had met earlier, comes to rescue him, but is attacked by Ganondorf. At this point, Ganondorf's Triforce of Power resonates along with Tetra's pendant, which holds a half of the Triforce of Wisdom. With help from the Rito, Link and Tetra are able to escape, and the King of Red Lions guides them back to Hyrule. There, he reveals his true identity as the King of Hyrule. He then gives Tetra the half of the Triforce of Wisdom that he had been protecting, which reveals Tetra's true identity as Princess Zelda, heir to the Royal Family of Hyrule.

The King then tells Link what he must do to restore power to the Master Sword. After he is successful, Link returns to Hyrule just as Ganondorf captures Princess Zelda. Link confronts Ganondorf, but is defeated, and the three Triforce pieces from himself, Ganondorf, and Zelda are reunited into the wish granting whole. Before Ganondorf can make his wish for dominion of Hyrule, Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule appears and touches the Triforce first. He wishes that the remains of Hyrule be washed away and that Link and Tetra may have hope for the future, and tells Ganondorf to drown with Hyrule. As the water of the Great Sea begins to rain down upon Hyrule, Link and Tetra defeat Ganondorf. The King tells Link and Zelda that they must look to the future with hope. As Link and Zelda are safely transported out of the flooding Hyrule, Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule remains with his drowning kingdom. Afterward, Tetra, the only known remaining member of the Royal Family, sets out with Link and her pirate crew to find a new land.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Zelda is the only member of the Royal Family seen in the game. She is captured by Shadow Link along with the rest of the Seven Maidens. After a long journey, Link is able to free Zelda and the other maidens. When Link finds the Dark Mirror, the source of the Shadow Links, Princess Zelda uses her magic to contain its power while Link defeats the remaining Shadow Links. Later, Link and Zelda encounter Ganon, the mastermind behind the troubles in Hyrule. Zelda creates a magical ball of light, which Link strikes Ganon with by firing an arrow through it. Ganon is then sealed in the Four Sword by Zelda and the other maidens, and peace returns to Hyrule.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

The Royal Family of Hyrule consists of the King of Hyrule, Daltus, and Princess Zelda. The king is advised by Minister Potho. After the evil Vaati unleashes the monsters sealed inside in the Bound Chest, Princess Zelda's magical powers are revealed. Vaati turns Zelda to stone to keep her from interfering with his plans. After Vaati vanishes, King Daltus tells Link of the Minish, a tiny race of people skilled in magic who only reveal themselves to children. Daltus sends Link to find them in the hope that they can help against against Vaati. Later on, King Daltus is possessed by Vaati, who sends the king's vassals to search for the Light Force.

During his quest to restore the Piccori Blade, Link is visited by the ghost of King Gustaf, a past ruler of Hyrule, who summons him to the Royal Crypt. There, Gustaf gives Link the golden Kinstone he needs to proceed in his quest.

Link eventually learns that the Light Force that Vaati is seeking had been passed down the Royal Family of Hyrule and now resides in Princess Zelda. On his quest to stop Vaati from draining the Light Force from Zelda, he finds King Daltus locked in the castle's dungeon and releases him. Link defeats Vaati and frees Princess Zelda of her curse. She later uses the power of the Light Force and Vaati's Magic Cap to undo the evils that Vaati had done.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

The only member of the Royal Family shown is Princess Zelda, although it is mentioned that they were at one time advised by Auru. After Zant invaded Hyrule and reached Hyrule Castle's throne room, Zelda had no choice but to relinquish power to him in order to save her people. Zant locked her in the castle's tower, where she remains until Ganondorf returns to Hyrule. When Link and Midna confront Ganondorf, he possesses Princess Zelda and uses her body to fight them. Midna is able to free Zelda of Ganondorf's influence however, and the princess aids Link during another phase of the battle.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

As the direct sequel to The Wind Waker, the game only features one member of the Royal Family, Tetra, who is also known as Princess Zelda, though she is reluctant to go by that name.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Tetra Window

Stained-glass window depicting Tetra from Spirit Tracks.

The Royal Family rules over New Hyrule after its founding by Link, Tetra, and her pirate crew. Upon discovering the land, the native Lokomo tribe gifted them with the Spirit Flute, which became an heirloom of the Royal family. During the game the only member of the royal family seen is Princess Zelda, though numerous references are made to the ancestors who preceeded her, including Tetra. Teacher serves as Princess Zelda's adviser, while Chancellor Cole assists Zelda in ruling the Kingdom. A stain glass window depicting Tetra can be seen in Hyrule Castle.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Princess Zelda appears as the ruler of Hyrule aided by her elderly attendant Impa. She is eventually turned into a painting by Yuga and taken to Lorule Castle. It is eventually revealed that the misguided Princess Hilda, Zelda's Lorulean counterpart and a member of the Royal Family of Lorule, had plotted with Yuga to steal Hyrule's Triforce, as the Triforce of Lorule had been destroyed by Hilda's predecessors to end the cycle of conflicts over Lorule's Triforce. Princess Hilda manipulates Link to rescue the Seven Sages in order for him to acquire the Triforce of Courage so she and Yuga-Ganon can obtain it. Hilda takes Princess Zelda's Triforce of Wisdom and orders Yuga-Ganon to attack Link. When Yuga-Ganon is defeated, Hilda commands him to give her the Triforce of Power, however Yuga reveals he never cared about Lorule and had been plotting to take the Triforce for himself and use it to remake Lorule in his own image. Yuga-Ganon then steals the Triforce of Wisdom, gaining a stronger form due to possessing two pieces of the Triforce. Seeing Link in trouble, Princess Zelda gives Link the Bow of Light which he uses to defeat Yuga-Ganon. The Triforce of Wisdom is returned to Zelda and she is freed from the painting, however Hilda remains determined to take Hyrule's Triforce. Fortunately, Ravio arrives and reveals himself to be Link's Lorulean counterpart and former servant of Hilda's who left her due to his inability to confront her over her decision to steal Hyrule's Triforce. Inspired by his interactions with Link, Ravio convinces Hilda what she is doing is wrong. Remorseful, Hilda uses the remaining power in Ravio's Bracelet to send them back to Hyrule. Returning to Hyrule, Link and Zelda wish on the Triforce that its Lorulean counterpart be restored.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

One hundred years before the Great Calamity, the Kingdom of Hyrule was ruled by King Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule and his daughter Princess Zelda.

Queen of Hyrule

"Father scolded me again today. He told me I am to have nothing more to do with researching ancient technology. He insisted that I focus instead on training that will help me awaken my sealing magic. I was so frustrated and ashamed I could not even speak. I've been training since I was a child, and yet... Mother passed the year before my training was to begin. In losing her, I lost not just a mother, but a teacher. Mother used to smile and tell me, "Zelda, my love, all will be well in the end. You can do anything." But she was wrong. No matter how I try or how much time passes...the sealing power that is my birthright evades me."
Zelda's Diary

For a time King Rhoam ruled the kingdom alongside his wife, the unnamed queen of Hyrule. The two would bare a daughter together, whom they named Zelda. Tragically, the Queen of Hyrule died suddenly when Zelda was six years old, forcing King Rhoam to raise their daughter on his own. She is never seen and only mentioned in King Rhoam's Journal and Zelda's Diary. Interestingly, it is implied that the Queen of Hyrule possessed the "blood of the Goddess", suggesting that she was the former princess and heir of the Royal Family.

In King Rhoam's Journal, she is referred to by the title of queen, making her the first known Queen of Hyrule in the entire Zelda franchise. Rhoam also states in his journal that despite losing her beloved mother, Zelda never cried or faltered at her funeral or when grieving in private. Rhoam initially assumed that this was the result of him and his wife repeatedly informing her of her duty to be a valiant and steady princess.

In truth, Zelda was very devastated from losing her mother and struggled to appear emotionally firm. This is hinted to have been one of the main reasons why Zelda was struggled to awaken her inner power. The Queen of Hyrule`s death and Rhoam`s strict attitude towards Zelda from a sense of urgency (brought on by the knowledge of Ganon's return) also led to a strained relationship between father and daughter. Despite eventually understanding Zelda`s pain, Rhoam was too desperate with the situation to help heal her emotional wounds.

According to Zelda's Diary, before the Queen of Hyrule`s died she would encourage her daughter by smiling and saying "Zelda, my love, all will be well in the end. You can do anything.", though Zelda's inability to do so caused her to loss hope that she would ever awaken them.

The Great Calamity

Many years prior, it was foretold that the return of Calamity Ganon was inevitable. This sparked a search for the fabled ancient Sheikah relics, including the Guardians and the four Divine Beasts. Many believed them to be simply a legend, but they were discovered after being excavated throughout Hyrule. King Rhoam formed a group of exceptionally skilled warriors referred to as Champions. Commanded by Princess Zelda, four elite warriors were selected from across the kingdom and were tasked with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts to assist Link, Princess Zelda's appointed Knight and the Hylian Champion selected by the Master Sword. One hundred years prior to the events of Breath of the Wild, while the Champions were making preparations to battle Calamity Ganon, the monster reappeared and devastated the Kingdom of Hyrule by taking control of the Guardians and the Divine Beasts, killing four of the Champions in the process. King Rhoam was eventually killed as well, leaving his daughter Zelda the last surviving member of the Royal Family.

Out of options, Link and Zelda fled together. As they continued to flee, Link became badly injured. With the corrupted Guardians closing in, Zelda begged Link to run and save himself. However, he refused, instead staying to try and protect Zelda. When a Guardian began to target lock onto Link, Zelda positioned herself in front of him in an act of self-sacrifice, raising her right hand up to the Guardian. In that moment, her powers awakened, and all of the Guardians in the surrounding area were shut down by a blast of magical light. After this, however, Zelda heard a thump and turned around to find Link collapsed on the ground. His injuries too grave to heal, she held him in her arms as he died. The Master Sword then began to speak to Zelda, telling her that Link could still be saved if placed in the Shrine of Resurrection. Determined to save his life, Zelda instructed Purah and Robbie to carry Link to the Shrine at once.

Zelda then took the Master Sword to the Great Deku Tree in Korok Forest, considering it a safe place for the blade to rest for the next century. After saying her goodbyes to the tree, Zelda then left and returned to Hyrule Castle, where she used her powers to seal Calamity Ganon, and herself, away for the next one hundred years. Meanwhile, her father's spirit chose to watch over Link and guide him once he was awake. 

The Great Plateau

One hundred years later, Link is awakened by the voice of Princess Zelda, who is still keeping Ganon at bay. Link has lost his memories, and Zelda guides him to the Sheikah Slate. While exploring the Great Plateau, Link encounters a mysterious Old Man, who requests Link to explore the Shrines on the plateau and bring back four Spirit Orbs. At the ruins of the Temple of Time, he reveals his true identity as the spirit of King Rhoam, and reminds Link about the Great Calamity. He advises Link to seek out Impa at Kakariko Village and rewards Link with his Paraglider in order to leave the Great Plateau. Having finished his task, King Rhoam's spirit disappears. He is not seen again until Ganon is defeated, where he sees his daughter one last time before he and the Champions depart.

Sheikah & Yiga Clan

During Link's quest, he learns that 10,000 years ago the Sheikah used their advanced technology to aid the princess of Hyrule and hero at that time to combat the evil Calamity Ganon. They created the four Divine Beasts and Guardians to combat Ganon, as well as the Sheikah Slate to aid the hero. Each of the Divine Beasts was given to the Gerudo, Goron, Rito, and Zora champions to pilot. Unlike Link`s generation, the champions of that time were successful in aiding the Princess and Hero in defeating and sealing Ganon. The Sheikah's technology was hailed by the people of Hyrule as possessing the power of the gods.

Over time however, the people began to fear the threat posed to the Kingdom of Hyrule by such technology and the Royal Family were forced to exile the Sheikah. This lead to a schism within the Sheikah, due to anger over how they had been treated despite all they had done for Hyrule, leading to the formation of the Yiga Clan. The Yiga clan swore allegiance to Ganon and became enemies of the Kingdom of Hyrule. In contrast, the Sheikah Monks and most of the remaining Sheikah chose to remain loyal to the Royal Family and heeding the people's fears, chose to bury their technology and return to a simple way of life, causing them to be re-accepted by Hyrulean society.

By the time of the Great Calamity, the Royal Family and their Sheikah allies had begun excavating the ancient technology in preparation of the battle with Ganon. Zelda, Purah, and Robbie lead research into it, while the Sheikah Slate ended up in Zelda's possession, though they where unaware that the Sheikah Slate was originally created to be used by the chosen hero. As a result, Zelda's attempts to access the Shrines failed. It is revealed by Robbie that the Guardians were originally buried under Hyrule Castle, before they were excavated and studied. However, having learned from his previous defeat, Ganon used his power to corrupt the Guardians and create four phantom Scourges of himself to corrupt the four divine beasts and kill their pilots, realizing the old fears of Sheikah technology being used against the Kingdom of Hyrule. It is also shown that 100 years after the Great Calamity, most of the people of Hyrule are unaware of the Sheikah's role in the creation of either the Divine Beasts or Guardians and thus they are not persecuted by the people of Hyrule for it as their ancestors had been.

Royal Guard Knights

As the amnesic Link travels across, he discovers his history as a Knight of Hyrule and Captain of Princess Zelda's personal guard, in addition to his status as the Hylian Champion and Hero Chosen by the Master Sword. Purah's Diary reveals that Link was the youngest knight to be appointed to the Royal Family's Imperial Guard and was appointed Captain of Zelda's personal guard due to his skills as a swordsman. In one of his memories, Princess Zelda reveals that Link's father was also a Royal Knight and that Link comes from a long lineage of royal knights.

The Royal Knights are implied to be elite members of the Knights of Hyrule as they are tasked with protecting the Royal Family during times of conflict and/or from the kingdom's enemies such as the Yiga Clan and monsters. These knights had access to well crafted weapons such as Royal Broadswords, Royal Shields, Royal Bows, and Royal Halberds. In preparation to combat Ganon, the "Royal Guard" series armaments were created using Sheikah technology. While powerful, these armaments were flawed in durability, making them impractical weapons to use.

In the Lockup of Hyrule Castle, Link finds the "Test of the Royal Guard" , in which he must defeat a Stalnox in one of the cells. Once Link passes the test, he is rewarded with a Treasure Chest containing the mighty Hylian Shield, which proves his status as a Royal Knight.

Divine Lineage

It is strongly implied by Impa, Kass, and one Hyrule Compendium entry that the Royal Family of Hyrule are stated by legends to descend from divinity, as the Princesses of Hyrule are said to possess the blood of the Goddess Hylia, which implies they are the descendants of Hylia's mortal incarnation Zelda from Skyward Sword. In Breath of the Wild, it is stated that Princesses of Hyrule must pray to Hylia in order to awaken their sealing powers, further indicating a connection between the royal family and the Goddess Hylia. It is possible however, that this may not really be the case, considering that Zelda did not awaken her powers until seeing Link`s life in danger, despite previously having prayed at the Spring of Courage, the Spring of Power, and the Spring of Wisdom for hours on end. 

Royal White Horse

"The Hyrulean royal family that perished 100 years ago would sometimes ride atop white horses as a display of their divine right. This white horse may be a descendant of one once ridden by royalty."
— Hyrule Compendium

According to the Hyrule Compendium and Outskirt Stable worker Toffa, Royal White stallions were once ridden by members of the Royal Family. According to the White Horse's Hyrule Compendium entry, members of the royal family sometimes rode atop these white horses as a display of their divine right, indicating that it rules over Hyrule by divine right. Princess Zelda herself is shown riding one of these Royal White stallions in one of Link's memories.

Legends state that Princess Zelda's white steed fled from Hyrule Castle during the Great Calamity and escaped to Safula Hill near the Sanidin Park Ruins, where it lived away from the other wild horses. 100 years after the Great Calamity, a White Horse can be found on Safula Hill, implied to be the descendant of Zelda's horse by both the Hyrule Compendium and Toffa, with the latter having inherited the Royal Bridle and Royal Saddle. During "The Royal White Stallion", Toffa asks Link to tame and register this white horse and rewards Link with the Royal Saddle and Royal Bridle. Presumably this is the same White Horse ridden by Zelda during the ending of Breath of the Wild, as her original horse is implied to have passed away. The White horse has max stamina, though its speed stat is below that of the legendary Epona, while its strength is below that of the rare Giant Horse.

The royal family also has a history of using white horses outside of Breath of the Wild such as the unnamed white horse Princess Zelda and Impa used to flee from Ganondorf in Ocarina of Time.

Relationship with the Zora

"Once every 10 years, the Lanayru region experiences unusually heavy rainfall. The Zora River flooded every time. The tides damaged not only our domain but our people, washing away poor souls and causing great suffering and disarray. The Zora king of that time, after seeking aid from the king of Hyrule, rode out to see what could be done. By joining the architectural genius of the Zora and Hyrule's technological prowess, East Reservoir Lake was swiftly built. Thanks to this fruitful partnership, Hyrule was no longer plagued by these devastating floods. In gratitude, the Zora king promised the king of Hyrule to manage the reservoir level to protect all of Hyrule from floods. Each Zora king since has kept that oath, spanning 10,000 years. That is why the reservoir signifies our bond with Hyrule"
A Reservoir of Hope

According to the Zora Stone Monuments, in the past, Zora's Domain and Hyrule were beset by occasional floods which caused damage to both the Zora's Domain and other nearby areas. The King Zora and King of Hyrule at that time decided to join forces to come up with a solution, resulting in the construction of the East Reservoir Lake which was designed to prevent future floods, and the King Zora swore an oath to watch over the reservoir a promise, which was kept by his descendants. This led to the two families having a close relationship with each other.

After the Great Calamity and death of Zora Champion and King Dorephan's daughter Mipha however, many of the Zora hold the Royal Family of Hyrule and Link responsible for her death. King Dorephan, Mipha`s younger brother Prince Sidon, members of the Bazz Brigade, and younger Zora born during and after the Great Calamity in contrast, do not hold Link or the Royal Family responsible, as it was ultimately Ganon who caused Mipha`s death. King Dorephan was also aware that Mipha was in love with Link, as she had made him Zora Armor which is often made by Zora Princesses for their future husbands.

King Dorephan and Sidon are quick to seek Link's aid in freeing Vah Ruta from Ganon's control, as the Divine Beast continues to produce an unending rainfall that threatens to fill up East Reservoir Lake and flood Zora's Domain. King Dorephan even gives Link the Zora Armor which Princess Mipha had created for him. It is through the efforts of Link and Prince Sidon that both Vah Ruta and Mipha's spirit are freed, causing the Zora Elders to change their opinion of Link. Following Ganon's defeat, Zelda and Link visit Zora's Domain to meet with King Dorephan and Prince Sidon, presumably to help restore the former relationship between Hyrule and the Zora race, as well as to seek their assistance in restoring the ruined Kingdom of Hyrule to its former glory.

Relationship with the Gerudo

In Breath of the Wild, the Gerudo have apparently given up thievery and instead engage in trade with other races in Hyrule. While the Gerudo live in the Gerudo province of Hyrule, they continue to live by their own traditions and laws, though are ruled by a line of female chieftains as no Gerudo males are mentioned to exist in Breath of the Wild and Ganon's origins as a Gerudo have apparently been long forgotten by the Gerudo and other races of Hyrule. The Gerudo are shown to have a positive opinion of the Royal Family, presumably due to Princess Zelda's heroic decision to seal herself and Ganon in Hyrule Castle and out of respect for Gerudo Champion Urbosa. As a result, even after the fall of the Royal Family of Hyrule, the Gerudo remain loyal to Hyrule. The current chief Makeela Riju even aids the Hylian Champion Link in entering Vah Naboris to free it and Urbosa`s spirit. The Gerudo are also enemies of the Yiga Clan, who's hideout is based in Gerudo region and have attacked Gerudo Town, stealing the Thunder Helm which has been passed down among Gerudo Chieftains. Link is asked by Riju to recover it and prove himself worthy. Regaining the Thunder Helm allows Link to bypass Vah Naboris' lightning.

Historic Relics

The Royal Family of Hyrule is shown in Breath of the Wild to have a history of collecting and preserving historic relics. As part of "The Master Trials" DLC, it is revealed that the family collected historically significant outfits such as Majora's Mask, Midna's Helmet, Tingle's Outfit, and the Phantom Equipment. These outfits were stolen by the Great Bandit Misko, who hide them in various locations in Hyrule Field. In the Side Quests "EX Treasure: Ancient Mask", "EX Treasure: Fairy Clothes", "EX Treasure: Phantasma", and "EX Treasure: Twilight Relic" Link is tasked with reading Misko's EX Journal to find and recover these lost relics. Each of these relics reference historic characters or enemies such as Majora, Midna, Tingle, and Phantoms.

Other appearances

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Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors - Zelda Artwork

The only member of the Royal Family to appear in the game, is Princess Zelda who is both the reigning monarch of Hyrule and the Supreme Leader of the Hyrulean Forces. She is served by her faithful servant, Impa a Sheikah Warrior and General of the Hyrulean Forces. Like previous incarnations, Zelda is the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom. She also possesses the Goddess's Harp from Skyward Sword which she wields as her weapon in her Shiek persona, which is apparently an heirloom of the Royal Family of Hyrule (possibly passed down from the Zelda that appears in Skyward Sword). Zelda also has a weapon called the Royal Dominion Rod which is a Dominion Rod has the seal of the Royal Family incorporated in its design indicating it may have been created for use by members of the Royal Family.

Hyrule Warriors Legends

Daphnes (Hyrule Warriors)

In addition to the Hyrule Warriors incarnation of Princess Zelda, the pirate Tetra and King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule from The Wind Waker appear as playable characters. This marks the first time in which a incarnation of the King of Hyrule appears as a playable character.

Through DLC, Toon Zelda from Spirit Tracks becomes playable.

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Non-canonical appearances

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Link: The Faces of Evil

King Harkinian and Princess Zelda appear in the beginning and ending FMVs in the game. They are advised by Gwonam.

Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon

In the introduction sequence, Harkinian, the King of Hyrule, travels to Hyrule to help his cousin, Duke Onkled, whose lands of Gamelon are being attacked by the evil forces of Ganon. After a month of absence, Link goes to Gamelon to help the King, complying to his request when he left. After another month, when both Link and King Harkinian have not sent word, Princess Zelda, Harkinian's daughter, decides to go to Gamelon to find Link and her father.

It is later revealed that Onkled betrayed his cousin and had him imprisoned, and sided with Ganon in exchange for power. Link was sealed into a mirror by Ganon with the use of magic. Zelda then manages to free both her father and Link, and Onkled is made to "scrub all the floors in Hyrule".

The Legend of Zelda animated series

The Royal Family consists of King Harkinian and Princess Zelda. They are advised by Doof.

Valiant Comics

The Royal Family consists of King Harkinian and Princess Zelda.

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Theories

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

The Royal Family of Hyrule does not appear in this game, however, the game's ending can be interpreted as the start of its creation. With Link and Zelda staying on the surface after the destruction of Demise, the two may have been the ancestors of the Royal Family.

This could explain why the Sheikah eventually became the protectors of the Royal Family as they were originally the servants of the Goddess Hylia.

Evidence supporting this theory appears in Breath of the Wild, as the Princesses of Hyrule are said to possess the blood of the Goddess directly by Impa and indirectly by Kass. The White Horse's Hyrule Compendium entry implies that the Royal Family of Hyrule's rule of Hyrule is by divine right as they traditionally ride White Horses as a display of this divine right.

Further evidence comes from how Princess Zelda is implied to be capable of communicating with the spirit of the Master Sword Fi, who was created by Hylia. Thus Zelda's ability to communicate with Fi may be because of her lineage, as Link himself is unable to communicate with the sword's spirit in same manner despite being the hero chosen by the sword. Additionally, The Royal Family's role as protectors of the Triforce is shared with Hylia, indicating that they inherited her role as its protector. Furthermore, Zelda's sealing powers are suggested to be connected to Hylia, who is known for her sealing abilities as she was capable of sealing the powerful Demon King Demise and other demons such as the demon imprisoned in the Horned Statue.

If the Royal Family are the descendants of Skyward Sword Zelda, the concept for it may be based off the Shinto sun goddess, Amaterasu, who is stated in Japanese legend to be the ancestor of the Japanese Imperial Family.

While unlikely, it is also possible that "blood of the Goddess" may be referring to something different to Hylia`s powers. This would fit together with the explanation given in Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass, and Spirit Tracks, where it is heavily hinted that Zelda`s hereditary powers are from the Light Force. This is possible when considering that Zelda`s mother in Breath of the Wild was also hinted to have possessed the "blood of the Goddess", despite it being suggested that King Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule was the heir to the Royal Family of Hyrule.

The "blood of the Goddess" concept is likely a recon introduced in Breath of the Wild to explain the connection between Hylia and Zelda from Skyward Sword to the Royal Family of Hyrule.

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