- "My queen has left this world. Her death was so sudden and unexpected, I awaken most nights unsure if she is really gone. Zelda never cried, never faltered. Not even during the royal funeral or later when she and I were alone with our grief. I must assume her strength is a result of us repeatedly informing her of her duty to be a valiant and steady princess. For a child of merely six years of age, her conduct was truly that of a born leader. Her strength gives me hope. From now on, I must raise her all alone... Now, only I remain to prepare her for her difficult future as princess of Hyrule."
- — King Rhoam's Journal
Zelda's Mother is a character mentioned in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. She the mother Princess Zelda and wife of King Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule. She is also the first known Queen of Hyrule.
- "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.""
- — Zelda's Diary
Very little is known about the Queen of Hyrule other than mention of her by her daughter and husband in their diaries found in Hyrule Castle. Like Tetra's Mother from The Wind Waker her name is never revealed and she is deceased by the time of game's events.
What is known is that she lived at least six years after the birth of her daughter as Zelda was six years old when her mother passed and that her death was sudden and unexpected, suggesting it was either by a sudden illness or accidental, as there is no indication her death was the result of fowl play. It is also hinted that she cared deeply for Zelda, seeing her as someone with unlimited potential.
Her death had a profound effect on both her husband and daugther. While Zelda was saddened by her mother's death, she did not cry or falter during her mother's funeral or when grieving with her father in private. Rhoam assumed Zelda's strength was the result of him and his wife repeatedly informing her of her duty to be a valiant and steady princess.
However, despite not showing it outwardly, Zelda was deeply affected by her mother's death. This grief only worsened when she struggled to awaken her powers, being mocked by her peers. Zelda even came to doubt her mother's assertion that her daughter could do anything, feeling hopeless and distraught.
Due to the imminent threat of Calamity Ganon's return, King Rhoam ordered his daughter to train relentlessly and fulfill her duty, scolding Zelda when she put off training to study ancient technology. This only caused Zelda to feel even more stress, further worsening the situation. By the time King Rhoam realized that his mistakes and planned to encourage Zelda more kindly, the Great Calamity occurred. With King Rhoam dead, Hyrule was in a state of chaos.
Since it can be inferred that Zelda struggled to awaken her powers (at least partially) because of the loss of her mother, the Queen of Hyrule`s death may have contributed to the fall of Hyrule due to its effect on both Zelda and King Rhoam.
Former Princess of Hyrule
Since it is hinted that Zelda`s mother also possessed "the blood of the Goddess", it is possible that she was the former heir of the Royal Family of Hyrule. This would mean that she was also the former princess of Hyrule. However, it is also suggested in Breath of the Wild that King Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule was actually the heir to the Royal Family of Hyrule.
If Zelda`s mother was the heir to the Royal Family of Hyrule, it is possible that her name was also Zelda, like her daughter. This would make sense considering that by the time of Breath of the WIld, it has apparently become tradition for the Royal Family of Hyrule to name a princess of their kin as "Zelda".