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The Royal Crest is a common depiction of the Triforce above a particular bird. Succeeding a much older crest used in the same land during ancient times by their ancestor, it serves as the official crest of the Royal Family of Hyrule and can be found in many places throughout the kingdom of Hyrule, in places such as the various incarnations of Hyrule Castle, the Temple of Time and the Arbiter's Grounds. It can be also be found on walls, banners and Guard uniforms.
The Goddess Hylia's crest was in the shape of a bird and the people of Skyloft, descendants of the people who lived among Hylia and the ancestors of the Hylians, rode giant birds and used the same symbol. Because of this, both the Royal Crest and the Hylian Crest incorporate elements of the symbol she used when ruling over the same land long ago.
In Ocarina of Time, the Royal Crest makes several appearances throughout the game. It can be found on the Guard uniforms, above the drawbridge leading to the Market, on the tombstone of the Royal Family's Tomb, and in the Castle Courtyard.
In The Wind Waker, the crest can be seen atop the gates of Hyrule Castle, below the statue of the Hero of Time, around the walls of Hyrule Castle, and used in Rauru's stained-glass window. They also appear in certain rooms that contain a Triforce Chart, such as the one in the Islet of Steel. A giant Royal Crest is depicted in the boss room of the Wind Temple.
In The Minish Cap, the crest appears above the bell in Castle Town and is shown several times throughout Hyrule Castle on several walls. It can also be seen in the Royal Crypt where members of the Royal Family of Hyrule are buried.
In Twilight Princess, the crest makes many appears on banners, flags doors, and other engravings in Hyrule Castle and on the uniforms of the Castle Guards. It is predominately displayed all over Hyrule Castle Town, appearing in the designs of various doors found throughout the town and near the town's entrance, as well being in the fountain of the central square. In the Gerudo Desert, a partially broken Royal Crest can be seen at the entrance of the Arbiter's Grounds and it appears within the complex itself. Atop the Grounds, in the Mirror Chamber, versions of the crest with the six Medallions replacing the Triforce appear.
A new crest appears in Spirit Tracks, in the re-established kingdom of Hyrule that was founded by Tetra and her pirate crew one hundred years prior to the events of Spirit Tracks. This crest features a Force Gem instead of the Triforce in its design. It is visible on the front of the Spirit Train as well as on Anjean. It appears to be the national symbol of the new Hyrule to distinguish it from the ancient one destroyed during the Great Flood that took place between the Adult Timeline ending of Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker.
Ocarina of Time
The Wind Waker
The Minish Cap
The Royal Crest is prominently present in the Lanayru Desert
- ↑ "Because Goddess Hylia's crest was in the shape of a bird, and people once rode giant birds in Skyloft, the Royal Family’s crest is a combination of the Triforce and a bird." — Pg. 77 The Sealing of the Sacred Realm; retrieved Jan. 10 2011, GlitterBerri.com
- ↑ "And golden sacred triangles remained at the point where the goddesses left the world. Since then, the sacred triangles have become the basis of our world's providence." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "A small but powerful portion of the essence of the gods was held in this mighty artifact, which was to guide the intelligent life on the world of Hyrule." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 3)