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Remember what we promised, Ingrid. We will never abandon each other.
—Helga to her sister src

Princess Helga is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the seventh episode of the fourth season and is portrayed by guest star Sally Pressman and co-star Bailey Herbert.

Helga is an allusion to Kai from the fairytale "The Snow Queen".


Before First Curse
Helga is the second child born to Queen Sonja and King Harald of Arendelle, and she has an elder sister, Ingrid, and a younger sister, Gerda. As children, the three develop a close bond. One afternoon, they spot a punctured kite, and Helga and Gerda take a fancy to the kite's ribbons. The kite's owner arrives, but he proves to be a scoundrel when he grabs Gerda; intending to sell her for a high price. Helga rushes forward to help her sister, but she too is restrained by his grip. When the man kicks Ingrid away, she falls backwards as a stream of ice comes out of her hands, which breaks a large tree branch and knocks him unconscious. Ingrid fears hurting her sisters with her new-found powers, but Gerda and Helga are thankful for what she did earlier. Her sisters promise to help conceal the powers, and each take a kite ribbon to solidify their sisterhood. Years later, on the night of their father's seventieth birthday celebration, Gerda and Helga attempt to convince Ingrid into coming, but she doesn't want to ruin things. At the party, Helga brings her admirer, the Duke of Weselton, to meet her father and the couple later dance. After the festivity, the sisters arrive home to find Ingrid packing up as she believes with herself gone, they can have normal lives. Ingrid also passes the throne to Helga, who she thinks is a good fit as Queen. Recalling the ribbon pact they had as children, Helga reaffirms to Ingrid that they are not turning their backs on her, even if her powers are uncontrollable. Gerda mentions a Misthaven resident, Rumplestiltskin, who can help. In exchange for their ribbons, Rumplestiltskin gives Ingrid a pair of gloves to cancel out her powers as well as a urn to entrap her if she becomes too dangerous. In the royal gardens, Helga comes across the Duke and Ingrid. The Duke claims Ingrid attacked him with magic after he did not reciprocate her feelings for him, but Helga sees through his lies and stands by her sister. Furious at being spurned, he threatens to reveal Ingrid's magic to all of Arendelle so the citizens will know their future queen is a monster. Ingrid, angered at his words, blasts him, but the Duke uses Helga as a shield and she takes the hit; turning into an ice statue and crumbling to pieces. As Ingrid cries over her sister's broken body, Gerda arrives to the tragic scene. With grief and fear, Gerda entraps Ingrid in the urn and later asks Grand Pabbie to erase everyone's memories of her sisters' existences. ("Family Business", "The Snow Queen")

After Second Curse
Decades later, an embittered and long-released Ingrid is given proof by Anna of how much her younger sisters cared about her. Realizing she never lost Gerda and Helga's love for her, Ingrid destroys herself to be with her departed sisters again. In the afterlife, the three sisters hold hands, happy to be together after so long. ("Shattered Sight")


King Magnus[1]Queen Astrid[1]
King Olaf[1]
Queen Sonja[1]
King Harald[1]
King Arendelle †


  • Solid lines denote parent-child blood relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriages that result in offspring
  • denotes the deceased


Characters Notes

Production Notes

  • She is described as, "strong, intelligent and beautiful middle sister of three, a blue-eyed blonde in her late 20s/early 30s who always puts her sisters first".[2]


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Some Runes Used in "Once Upon A Time" Season 4. Panya's Blog: Linguistic Aspects (October 11, 2014, updated on December 12, 2014).
  2. Mitovich, Matt Webb (September 15, 2014). Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Castle, Arrow, Once, Dixie, NCIS: LA, New Girl, Gotham, Beast and More. TVLine. “Just two more weeks until Once Upon a Time! Anything to tide us over? –Jo Did you see how cocreator Adam Horowitz tweeted the title for Episode 7? Well, take that and add in the fact that for that episode they're guest-casting the "Wstrong, intelligent and beautiful" middle sister of three, a blue-eyed blonde in her late 20s/early 30s who "always puts her sisters first." Oh, and the three of 'em are off to a fancy ball….”
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