Winter Royal Lady

Jadis was a queen before, but being a winter queen is even better.

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight,
Not a footprint to be seen.
A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I'm the queen.
Elsa, "Let It Go", from Frozen

Any time a noble or royal lady has a title that is winter themed.

Say you're a queen or a princess, and you find that the Ermine Cape Effect isn't giving you enough of an aura of majesty. You want to seem mysterious, exotic, perhaps even a bit dangerous.

Well, unless you live near the equator, the solution is simple. Choose a word closely related to winter. "Snow" and "Ice" are the most common, but others will do, as long as it evokes the feeling of the cold north. Then make one of your titles "The (winter word) Queen" or "The (winter word) Princess". It doesn't matter what your actual rank or title is. Just use that format.

Then make sure your wardrobe consists of mostly shades of blue, silver, blueish purple, and especially white (but not pink, even if Princesses Prefer Pink). A Pimped-Out Dress and Pimped Out Cape are obvious choices, but you could also have a Happy Holidays Dress, a Sexy Santa Dress, or even a Fur Bikini. Fur trim (white or gray), sapphires, diamonds, and/or silver on your dresses also adds a wintry touch. An Ice Palace wouldn't hurt.

Now watch how everyone speaks of you, with this title. You're now even more incredible in their eyes. You're like some kind of spirit or goddess to them, even if this won't actually give an indication of your personality. You can be good, evil or anything in between. You also could either have super powers (especially using Silver) or just be a Muggle. They won't really know, and that's just the way you want it.

This is also why in holiday festivals and pageants, the winner is usually given this kind of title rather than one that is related to Christmas or any other holiday. These titles are much cooler.

Note that kings and princes can do this, but it's rare. Mere nobility doing this is rarer still.

Despite the name, Defrosting Ice Queen isn't related to this, as that's about personality, and this is about titles, although it often applies to sympathetic Winter Ladies.

Compare Ice Queen, An Ice Person, Evil Is Deathly Cold, An Ice Suit.


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    Comic Books 


  • "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen is likely the most famous example of this trope, as well as the Trope Codifier.
  • "The Lady of the Ice Garden" by Kara Dalkey is this story retold in twelfth-century Japan.
  • The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge is the same story expanded upon... in space!
  • The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell is a rare male title. It was the byname of Frederick V of the Palatinate, although in that case it was more of an insult.
  • The White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe doesn't quite fit this in her title, but the fact that she both declares herself queen and covers the land in winter makes up for it.
  • The Norn queen Utuk'ku from Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
  • The Winter Queen by Jane Stevenson is a novel about the actual Queen of Bohemia and her (fictional) husband-in-exile who is also an ex-African prince, slave, and theology student.
  • Queen Selenay of the Heralds of Valdemar series wears white exclusively — but this is justified since she, like all Heralds, wears white on duty. In one story set during her early days on the throne, she commissions a Winter Festival to distract her from her mourning for her father.
    • Mercedes Lackey also has two examples from her Elemental Masters and Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. Both are based on The Snow Queen, and the characters are Cordelia and unsurprisingly, The Snow Queen. (In the latter book there are actually two Snow Queens — one a Fairy Godmother playing the part and the other a straight example).
  • Khione from The Heroes of Olympus - she looks like the White Witch and is just as nasty.
    • Boreas (her father) and Calais and Zethes (her brothers) are rare male versions of this.
  • Queen Helena, Monarch of the Ice Kingdoms, is a minor character from one of the Nightside novels. Another villainous example of this trope.
  • In The Jewel Kingdom, Demetria, one of four princesses with an elemental theme, is winter\air. Also a heroine, which may be slightly predictable given that she stars in a children's series.
  • Princess Leia's adopted sister/lifelong friend, Lady Winter Celchu, from the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
  • In The Dresden Files, the Winter Court make this pretty much literal. Winter Lady Maeve, Winter Queen Mab, and Mother Winter are pretty much the embodiment of cold.
  • For a rare male version of the trope, in the backstory to A Song of Ice and Fire, the Kings in the North (ruling from the castle of Winterfell) used to be colloquially known as the Kings of Winter, fitting the recurring ice/winter motif of House Stark. Teenage king Robb Stark revives this title when he is raised up to King in the North, King of the Trident, and King of Winter when he rebels against the Iron Throne. Presumably any woman to inherit the Northern crown would be the Queen of Winter.
    • On a similar note were the Night's King and his Queen of legend from the Nightfort of the Wall during the Age of Legend where long winters were very dark winters. And, they both fulfilled the "spooky and cold witchcraft" part of the brief.
  • The titular villainess from Caverns of the Snow Witch in the Fighting Fantasy series. Other books set in this universe have also referenced the character.

    Live Action TV 
  • Tin Man plays with this trope by having the party's first real lead on the Queen (and DG's identity) being in an ice-encased palace.
  • Power Rangers Mystic Force has the Snow Prince.
  • Once Upon a Time makes much of this trope by featuring two of them: Ingrid the Snow Queen in sparkly white, as well as Elsa from Frozen in sparkly ice-blue.

  • Evanescence have a song titled "Snow White Queen".
  • Progressive metal band Symphony X have a song called "Lady of the Snow".
  • The Trans-Siberian Orchestra's fourth album, "The Lost Christmas Eve," includes a song called "Queen of the Winter Night."
  • Within Temptation's "Ice Queen".
  • Tarja Turunen in her My Winter Storm album.
  • Blackmore's Night "Faerie Queen" uses a lot of winter imagery describing the eponymous character.
    It is in her heart
    As pure as winter snow
    It is in her tears
    Crystal raindrops fall...

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden of Russian legend, is often shown wearing a long pale blue coat and white fur. She is often in the company of Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent to Santa Claus.
  • In the Catholic church, one of the names given to the Virgin Mary is "Our Lady of the Snow."
  • In Hawaiian Mythology, Poli'ahu, and her sisters Lilinoe, Kahoupokane, and Waia'u.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Warhammer Fantasy world, the northern human country of Kislev is ruled by Tzarina Katarin, also known as the Ice Queen or Ice Empress. She even uses a special ice-themed magic lore to which no other currently released character has access.
    • The roleplaying game makes it clear that there is an entire group of Ice Witches who can use that Lore, and Tzarinas have to be at least competent with it. This doesn't apply to Tzars since only women can use ice magic.
  • Jezra Wagner, the "Ice Queen", is a spectre that haunts the mountains of Barovia in the Ravenloft setting. Not royal, but a noblewoman in life; her ice-pale looks and flesh-freezing touch certainly fit this trope.
  • In Changeling: The Lost, being as trope-laden as possible, players are actively encouraged to make Snowskins fit this trope.
    • Also, the Winter Court is an actual group of changelings who represent (and feed off) sorrow. Yes, their female rulers are called Queens. (Though the book notes that many Snowskins don't join the Winter Court because they want to avoid becoming this trope.)
  • The Snow Queen of L'Haan in Talislanta is a benevolent example.

  • The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Contemporary Theatre's more recent productions of A Christmas Carol.


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    Web Animation 
  • RWBY has a wealthy heiress who is literally named Weiss Schneenote  and dresses mostly in shades of blue and white, the latter matching her hair. Her family's logo is also an intricate snowflake, in case you didn't get that she's winter-themed.

    Western Animation 
  • The Dora the Explorer video, "The Snow Princess."
  • The Rankin Bass special Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July gives an alternate backstory for the glowing nose of the titular Rudolph, explaining that it was a power bestowed on him in infancy by the Lady Boreal, a Winter Royal Lady who is sort of a personification of the Northern Lights.
  • The Minister of Winter in the Tinkerbell movies.
  • Ice Queen from Adventure Time definitely counts as this.
  • Princess Yue of the Northern Water Tribe in Avatar: The Last Airbender. It's downplayed in that while she fills a lot of aspects of the trope, it's treated as basically coincidental and she's relatively normal for a princess. Mostly.