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You're a prince! And you're going to marry a princess!
―King Hubert reminding his son of his arranged marriage

King Hubert is a minor character in Disney's 1959 feature film Sleeping Beauty. He is the father of Prince Phillip and King Stefan's longtime friend.


King Hubert seems to be a fairly jolly bloke; however, no one knows the whereabouts of his queen. But he has one son by her, Prince Phillip, and is shown to be good friends with Princess Aurora's suave father, King Stefan. At one point, he becomes angry due to a perceived slight against his son, leading to the beginnings of a fight between himself and Stefan, using fish as the primary weapons instead of swords. However, he comes to see the ridiculousness and hilarity of the scene and quickly makes up with his friend.

Physical appearance

King Hubert is an obese man with fair skin, thick gray eyebrows, gray hair, a fully grown gray mustache-sideburn combination and goatee and black eyes. He wears a red puffy-sleeved robe with a black shawl collar over a blue and yellow tunic with a brown stripe and blue diamond-shaped necklace.


Sleeping Beauty

King Hubert first appears at Aurora's christening along with his young son, Phillip, announced by the royal herald. It is revealed that he was the long time friend of King Stefan, as well as the king of a neighboring kingdom. He and Stefan decide to betroth their children, Aurora and Phillip, in the hopes that they will marry and unite their two kingdoms. Unfortunately, during the festivities, an evil fairy named Maleficent arrives and crashes the party. As revenge for not being invited, Maleficent curses the baby to die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, leaving Aurora’s family and the other royals in the court horrified about the doomed future of Aurora. Although one of the three fairies, Merryweather, was able to soften the curse so Aurora would not die, but just fall into an enchanted sleep and be awakened by true love's kiss, Stefan was still fearful and decided to have Aurora live with the good fairies in a cottage deep in the woods until her sixteenth birthday.

Sixteen years later, Hubert is seen at Stefan's castle, awaiting Aurora's return eating in the dining room. During which, Hubert and Stefan quarrel over the future of their children. Hubert grabs a fish by mistake trying to strike Stefan and they burst out laughing when Hubert finally realizes what he is holding. Hubert then receives a visit from Phillip, who reveals that he has fallen in love with a peasant girl, and intends to marry her. Hubert is bereft upon hearing this, but neither Hubert, Stefan, or the others realize that the peasant girl is actually Aurora, who has been in a hiding place because of the threat of Maleficent's curse.

Unfortunately, Maleficent's curse on Aurora is fulfilled, so Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather decided to make everyone asleep until Aurora awakens. Hubert attempts to tell Stefan of his son's plan, but falls into enchanted sleep before Stefan can hear him. However, Hubert's words as he falls asleep help the fairies to realize that Phillip was the young man that Aurora had met earlier and fallen in love within the woods. As a result, the fairies leave to find Phillip in order to break the curse.

Once Maleficent has been defeated and when the curse is broken, Hubert awakens and attempts to tell Stefan of Phillip's intentions. However, he does not finish as Phillip descends down the staircase, arm in arm with Aurora, now awaken from the curse. He is confused by the scene, but appears to be happy regardless as he was unaware that Aurora is indeed "a peasant" in disguise. Along with Stefan and Leah, Hubert watches Phillip dance with Aurora.

Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

Hubert is one of the characters from Sleeping Beauty that return in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams. He attends a Royal Conference along with Phillip, Stefan and Queen Leah, in which Hubert is due to give a speech. However, Hubert realizes he has forgotten his speech at Stefan's castle only when he is already at the Royal Conference. Hubert tries to find it everywhere until the fairies arrive and deliver him his speech. Hubert is next seen at the end of the film, along with Stefan, Leah, Phillip, the fairies, and Lord Duke, attending a royal banquet organized by Aurora.

Other appearances

King Hubert appears in the episode "Clarabelle's Christmas List" of the series House of Mouse with Aurora.

Live-action appearances


Although he doesn't directly appear, he sends Prince Phillip, to King Stefan's castle. In this version, he is known as King John of Ulstead.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Robert Lindsay as King John in the sequel to Maleficent

King John, along with his wife, Queen Ingrith, appears in the sequel. He is portrayed by Robert Lindsay. Unlike Ingrith, he seeks to establish peace between Ulstead and the Moors. Following his son's engagement, John and Ingrith hold a banquet, to celebrate the young couples upcoming nuptials. During the dinner, tensions rise while Maleficent and Ingrith discuss the fatalities on their respective sides, each claiming the other is responsible. When Maleficent loses her temper, Ingrith enacts her secret plan to overthrow the king, by cursing him with a spindle and blaming Maleficent. Now under a sleeping curse, Phillip urges his mother to kiss John, falsely believing in their relationship, but it doesn't work, as Ingrith secretly despises her husband for desiring peace. The King's cursed state sets off the motions, resulting in a war between Ulstead and magical beings of the Moors, as well as the Dark Fey.

Afterward, Prince Phillip ends the war between Ulstead and all the fairies; and as Ingrith is transformed into a goat for her tyranny, Maleficent destroys the spindle and breaks the curse, awakening the king. He is later seen attending the wedding between Aurora and Phillip at the end, informing Diavel that Maleficent can only change Ingrith if they wanted too, implying that he wanted Ingrith to remain a goat as punishment for her crimes and blaming Maleficent, until she learns the error of her ways. He also told Phillip how proud he is of him for succeeding in achieving peace between Ulstead and the Moors.


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  • While not making any viewable appearances in the Disney theme parks, Aurora has mentioned that he attends the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating at all the restaurants.
  • There was originally a scene that could have taken place in the beginning where King Hubert and King Stefan argue about the future of their children and compare portraits of their young children, a demo song called "It Happens I have a Picture" (heard in The Legacy Collection: Sleeping Beauty), sung by Bill Thompson and Hans Conried. While Conried supposedly replaced Bill Scott to voice the herald as Taylor Holmes took over Conried's voice role as Stefan, Bill Thompson was finalized as Hubert in the final cut of the film.
  • King Hubert's wife was not seen or mentioned in the original film. His wife made her first appearance in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and was given the name "Ingrith".
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