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Their most honored and exalted excellencies; the Three Good Fairies! Mistress Flora, Mistress Fauna, and Mistress Merryweather!
~ Lord Duke announcing the arrival of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather

Lord Duke, also known as The Herald or just Duke for short, is a character in the Sleeping Beauty franchise, serving as a minor character in Disney's 16th animated film of 1959, Sleeping Beauty, and a major character in the first segment in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams. He is the fussbudget, but loyal, majordomo of King Stefan and Queen Leah.

In the original animated film, he was voiced by the late Hans Conried, who also acted out as a live action reference for King Stefan in the same film and had voiced Captain Hook and George Darling in Peter Pan, Horton and Dr. Hoovey in Horton Hears a Who, Grinch in Halloween is Grinch Night, and Thorin Oakenshiled in The Hobbit. In Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, he was voiced by Jeff Bennett, who also voiced King Hubert and the Sultan.

Biography

Sleeping Beauty

Lord Duke makes his possible cameo appearance as the Royal Herald. The herald that almost resembles Duke (same black hair and nose, but only wearing blue and purple clothes and a yellow hat) is only seen when he announces the presence of King Hubert and his young son, Prince Phillip, as invited guests to the christening birth of the infant daughter of King Stefan and Queen Leah, Princess Aurora. Duke's voice is heard again when he announces the arrival of Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, the Three Good Fairies who have come to bestow the gifts on Baby Aurora.

Sixteen years later, after Stefan and Hubert discuss the future plans of Aurora, Phillip, and their kingdoms, Duke's voice is heard when he announces the presence of Prince Phillip, who came to see Hubert.

After Aurora pricks her finger on the spinning wheel by the orders of Maleficent, Duke inadvertently told everyone to be prepared to welcome Aurora home, unaware about Maleficent’s curse on Aurora.

Afterwards, Lord Duke is not seen or heard anymore for the rest of the film; but it can be assumed that he fell into a sleeping spell, under the courtesy of the Three Fairies, and at the end of the film, he and the others in the kingdom awakens from the sleeping curse after Prince Phillip breaks the spell by placing True Love’s Kiss on Aurora, upon defeating Maleficent in her dragon form.

Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

Lord Duke reappears in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams, where he is given a much larger role in assisting Aurora to rule the kingdom while King Stefan, Queen Leah, Prince Phillip, and King Hubert leave to attend the Royal Conference for Hubert's speech. In his larger role, he also acts as a comic relief in several mishaps such as accidentally ripping his tunkhose, falling from the bookcase while trying to get the remaining note for Aurora, falling into a moat while trying to get another paper that is reveled to be Hubert's speech he forgot for the Royal Conference, and getting headbutted by a cow, due to Aurora's inexperience of using the magic wand Merryweather gave.

The next day, Duke told Aurora that she will deal with the townspeople and assisted her in dealing with the townspeople. He also advised Aurora to stick with her problems, when dealing with a redheaded farmer who wanted more chickens.

When Duke comes back from getting the forms he forgot, he witnesses the room being filled with cows, green pigs, and giant chickens, thanks to Aurora's inexperience of using magic. He gets headbutted by a cow, sending him out of the castle ground where he warned Stefan (coming back from the Royal Conference, along with Leah, Hubert, and Phillip) about the magic incident in the throne room. However, Aurora was able to solve the problem without magic by providing the townspeople some cows just before Duke, Stefan, Hubert, Leah, and Phillip entered the throne room.

Lord Duke is seen at the end of the first segment, attending the royal banquet Aurora planned, along with Prince Phillip, King Stefan, Queen Leah, King Hubert, Flora, Merryweather, and Fauna.

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Trivia

  • Though no sources confirm this, it can be assumed that according to The Legacy Collection: Sleeping Beauty, the late Bill Scott (known as the voices of Dudley Do Right in The Dudley Do Right Show, Bullwinkle Moose in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, and Mister Peabody in Peabody's Impropable History) recorded two lines as Lord Duke before he was (supposedly) replaced by the late Hans Conried, his Dudley Do Right co star who was also replaced by the late Taylor Holmes for the voice of King Stefan in the film's final cut as his final film role.
  • He shares some similarities with Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast as they both serve as loyal, but fussy British head servants for the rulers of both kingdoms in France (King Stefan for Duke in 14th Century France, Prince Adam for Cogsworth in 18th Century France), both freak out when things go out of control, friends of two French heroines (Aurora for Duke, Belle for Cogsworth) and oddly enough, they were voiced by two actors that also have done double roles as villains and side characters in other Disney animated films (The late Hans Conried, who voiced Lord Duke in the original Sleeping Beauty, had previously voiced Captain Hook and Mr. Darling in Peter Pan (1953) while the late David Ogden Stiers, who voiced Cogsworth in the original Beauty and the Beast, later voiced Governor Radcliffe and Wiggins in Pocahontas (1995)).
  • It should be noted and implied that his character was the possible inspiration for Lady Gerda, an original character of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the 2019 sequel of Maleficent, as they’re both stewards and advisors to the monarchs (King Stefan for Duke, Queen Ingrith for Gerda). However, unlike Duke, Gerda is an evil female who follows Ingrith’s evil deeds and went too far in killing almost all the fairy creatures of the Moors, even Flittle (Merryweather), except Knotgrass (Flora) and Thistlewit (Fauna).
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Frank Wolff | Lily Houghton | MacGregor Houghton | Proxima

Other Animated Movies
Br'er Rabbit | Toaster | Blanky | Kirby | Lampy | Radio | Roger Rabbit | Eddie Valiant | Jessica Rabbit | Dolores | Benny the Cab | Baby Herman | James Henry Trotter | Mr. Centipede | Mr. Grasshopper | Earthworm | Mrs. Ladybug | Miss Spider | The Glowworm | Valiant | Bugsy | Lofty | Toughwood & Tailfeather | Mercury | Victoria | Wing Commander Gutsy | Sergeant Monty | Charles De Girl | Rollo | Samson | Benny | Bridget | Nigel | Larry | Ryan | Blag | Cloak & Camo | Stan & Carmine | Silvermist | Rosetta | Fawn | Iridessa | Bobble and Clank | Terence | Ebenezer Scrooge | Milo | Gribble | Ki | Milo's Mother | Victor Frankenstein | Sparky | Elsa Van Helsing | Dusty Crophopper | Dottie | Skipper Riley | Sparky | El Chupacabra | Vidia | Lizzy | Periwinkle | Zarina | Gruff | Greg Heffley | Rowley Jefferson

Sequels
Ethan Dalloway | Cassim | Angelique | Fife | John Rolfe | Uttamatomakkin | Kiara | Kovu | Vitani | Ratso | Murgatroid the Snake | Melody | Tip and Dash | Sylvia Marpole | Scamp | Angel | Baker | Madellaine | Zephyr | Prudence | Jane Darling | Ranjan | Messua | Sparky | Reuben | Thunderbolt | Lars | Ting-Ting, Su, and Mei | Zugor | Cash | Atka | Dixie | Granny Rose | Waylon and Floyd | Queen Athena | Blade Ranger | Maru | Windlifter

Shorts, TV Shows, Comics and Video Games
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See Also
101 Dalmatians Heroes | 20th Century Studios Heroes | A Bug's Life Heroes | A Twisted Tale Heroes | Aladdin Heroes | Amblin Entertainment Heroes | Amphibia Heroes | Atlantis Heroes | Beauty and the Beast Heroes | Big Hero 6 Heroes | Buena Vista International Heroes | Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Heroes | Cars Heroes | Disney Fairies Heroes | Disney Junior Heroes | Disney Prince | Disney Princesses | DuckTales Heroes | Encanto Heroes | Finding Nemo Heroes | Fish Hooks Heroes | Frozen Heroes | Gargoyles Heroes | Gravity Falls Heroes | Hercules Heroes | Ice Age Heroes | Incredibles Heroes | Inside Out Heroes | Jerry Bruckheimer Heroes | Kim Possible Heroes | Kingdom Hearts Heroes | Lilo & Stitch Heroes | Luca Heroes | Lucasfilm Heroes | Marvel Cinematic Universe Heroes | Mighty Med/Lab Rats Heroes | Monsters, Inc. Heroes | Mulan Heroes | Muppet Heroes | Narnia Heroes | Onward Heroes | Peter Pan Heroes | Phineas and Ferb Heroes | Pirates of the Caribbean Heroes | Pixar Heroes | Raya and the Last Dragon Heroes | Recess Heroes | Sky High Heroes | Soul Heroes | Star Wars Heroes | Star vs. the Forces of Evil Heroes | Tangled Heroes | Tarzan Heroes | The Hunchback of Notre Dame Heroes | The Jungle Book Heroes | The Lion King Heroes | The Little Mermaid Heroes | The Owl House Heroes | The Princess and the Frog Heroes | Tim Burton Heroes | Toy Story Heroes | Treasure Planet Heroes | Tron Heroes | Turning Red Heroes | Up Heroes | WALL-E Heroes | Wander Over Yonder Heroes | Winnie the Pooh Heroes | Wreck-It Ralph Heroes | X-Men Movie Heroes | Yin Yang Yo! Heroes | Zootopia Heroes


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