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This article focuses on the Wish Realm version of the Royal Castle.

The Royal Castle is a Wish Realm location on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the tenth episode of the sixth season, and is the Wish Realm version of the Royal Castle.


After Third Curse
When the Evil Queen wishes for Emma to have never become the Savior, Emma is transported to the Wish Realm, where she is given a life in which she grew up as a princess and the Dark Curse was never cast. On the day of her birthday, Emma wakes up in the castle after having a dream about the Queen casting the curse and banishing everyone to a place called Storybrooke. She finds a sword under her bed, which she later shows to her parents during her birthday celebration, but they shrug it off as a coincidence since the armory was cleaned recently. Henry, Emma's son, talks to them about his upcoming knighting ceremony, and they briefly reminisce about his deceased father, Baelfire, whose portrait hangs on one of the castle walls. During Henry's knighting ceremony, Regina, taking on the role of the Evil Queen, attempts to force Emma into remembering the Savior she once was by threatening to destroy everyone. She implies only a hero like Emma can stop her, however, the princess meekly falls to her knees and begs her to have mercy on them. Regina tries again to push her by kidnapping Emma's parents in this realm, Snow and David, to her palace. Later, Regina crushes the couple's hearts to try and wake Emma up, but only when Henry tries to kill Regina in retaliation for the deaths, Emma finally snaps out of it. ("Wish You Were Here")

After Fifth Curse

When Roni goes to the Wish Realm to help her friends rescue Henry's wife and daughter from Wish Rumplestiltskin, Sir Henry takes her as his prisoner out of a desire to make her pay for what she did to his family. After a pair of Black Knights haul Roni into the throne room, she faces Henry at the altar as he confronts her about her crimes against him. Roni recalls the room they are in is where she once declared she would cast the Dark Curse, however, she insists she is no longer that person. Even though Henry doesn't trust her claims that Rumplestiltskin is only using him, Roni insists she knows he is brave and kind and has saved so many people, including her, and she begs him to let her save him this time. Henry states he doesn't need to be saved before cutting hard into her palm and drawing blood. He then tells her it should serve as a reminder that, in this realm, stories are written in blood and tears. As Henry leaves, he proclaims they will fight tomorrow and he'll finally have his happy ending once she dies at his hands. Later, Henry returns to the altar, where Rumplestiltskin visits to offer him a demonstration for his plans for the heroes. The Black Knights then bring in Rumplestiltskin's captive, the Blue Fairy, whom the Dark One is going to banish to an alternate realm where she will live out her unhappy ending. To accomplish this, Rumplestiltskin explains to Henry that he needs the darkness in his blood, which is very potent because he is the Author. He goads Henry into channeling his darkness into power, which helps trigger the opening of a portal that banishes the Blue Fairy to her prison realm. Afterward, Rumplestiltskin reveals he made storybooks for everyone. ("Leaving Storybrooke")

While in her prison cell, Roni dreams about her deceased lover, Robin Hood, who encourages her to persuade Henry into turning over a new leaf. When Roni wakes up, she finds a red feather in her hand which Robin gave her as a token of his faith in her. Outside, Rogers and Margot distract the Black Knights to enable Henry to sneak into the prison to free Roni. Henry runs into some knights and one of them nearly kills him, though he is saved by two other masked knights, who reveal themselves to be his grandparents, Snow and David. After regrouping with the other heroes in the war council room, Snow and David discuss Rumplestiltskin's storybooks which they found in one of the castle rooms on their way to rescue Roni. As everyone has a chance to look through their own storybooks, David explains that although the stories in them are complete, they can still work to prevent Rumplestiltskin from making the realms real. When Rogers decides to go look for Weaver, Snow asks him to take Henry and Margot with him. David assigns everyone else to split up and help warn the Wish Realm inhabitants about Rumplestiltskin's plans. Before they all go their separate ways, Snow tells them about the importance of reminding the people of this realm to have hope of the Dark One's defeat. ("Leaving Storybrooke")

After Sixth Curse
After Regina unites all the realms, the citizens of the United Realms elect her as their new Queen. Zelena brings her sister to the castle for the surprise coronation, though Regina remains unaware of what is going on. As Zelena and Henry accompany her down the hallway, they meet Sir Henry outside the throne room. Zelena poofs herself into the room, while the two Henrys walk Regina in. Inside, Regina is greeted by applause by everyone as she goes down the aisle until she reaches the altar, where Snow and Charming tell her about her new status. Before the coronation begins, Regina whispers to Snow to ask her if everyone already came, to which Snow alludes to Emma not being able to attend because she is busy with a fussy baby. However, when Snow prepares to place the crown on Regina's head, the doors suddenly burst open, with Emma apologizing for being late. As Emma goes to stand next to Henry, Hook trails in behind her as he carries their daughter Hope before handing her to Henry. Snow then resumes the crowning ceremony and gifts Regina the title of "The Good Queen". Regina celebrates by sharing hugs with members of her family, and when she gets to Emma, the two talk about the new life Regina now has. Rather than it being a happy beginning, Regina considers it a second chance and then gives a resounding speech about the wonders and losses that are a part of life and make people who they are. ("Leaving Storybrooke")


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.