Queen Leah, also known as Queen Beatrice in French and Queen Leila in her Maleficent incarnation, is a character from the Disney 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty. In the original film, "Sleeping Beauty", she was voiced by Verna Felton, who also voiced Flora in this film, and in the sequel, she was voiced by Barbara Dirikson. However, she is not referred to by name in the movie; she is instead referred to as her husband's "fair queen".
Queen Leah's personality isn't really studied during the first film, but she has shown to be quite beautiful, motherly and protective, as well as a kind ruler over her subjects.
Queen Leah and her husband are the monarchs of an unnamed Kingdom, possibly medieval France. After many years of marriage she gives birth to a beautiful baby daughter which she and her husband name her Aurora. Her happiness is shortened when Maleficent curses her daughter. Devastated, she has to see her daughter taken away by the fairies in order to protect her. Sixteen years later she is waiting the return of her daughter, when Aurora touches the spindle; the Queen and the entire kingdom are put in a sleep by the good Fairies. When Maleficent is defeated she awakens and finally meets her daughter which she embraces an cries tears of happiness when she sees her.
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams
In the short segment, Stefan, Leah, Hubert, and Phillip all go off on a royal ceremony where Hubert is due to give a speech. Trusting their daughter, Stefan and Leah give Aurora the "keys to the kingdom" while they're away.
Once Upon a Time
Though she has yet to make an appearance on the ABC television series, Leah was mentioned in the first episode of the second season, revealing that she was the original sleeping beauty before Maleficent went after Aurora.
Queen Leah appears in the film, where her name is Queen Leila. She was the daughter of King Henry and the wife of King Stefan, who serves as the main antagonist of the film. She gives birth to a daughter named Aurora, who was cursed by Maleficent, who was King Stefan's former friend and lover. Later, she became ill and eventually died, but Stefan did not care, as he was too obsessed about killing Maleficent, and was too paranoid about Maleficent.
- In the French version she is called Queen Beatrice, while in the American version she is called Queen Leah.
- Her daughter, Aurora, strongly resembles her.
- Queen Leah is the first mother of a Disney Princess to be alive in the film, the second being Eudora, the mother of Tiana, and the third being Queen Primrose, the mother of Rapunzel. However, in Maleficent, she died.
- Eudora, unlike Queen Leah and Queen Primrose, is not a queen, but an average woman.
- Though King Stefan and Queen Leah don't appear in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, The thrones on which they sit are present in the hall of the castle, where Terra faces the Wheel Master Unversed.
- Because Phillip and Aurora were betrothed, it's possible that she and her husband were as well.
- Her voice actress, Verna Felton, also voiced Flora in the film, and she previously voiced Aunt Sarah in "Lady and the Tramp", the Queen of Hearts in "Alice in Wonderland", Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella" and Mrs. Jumbo (one line only) and the Elephant Matriarch in "Dumbo". Later, she also voiced Eloise the Elephant in "Goliath II" and Winifred the Elephant in "The Jungle Book", although the film was released after her death, in October 18, 1967.
- It can be possible that while the film was in production, she voiced Winifred the Elephant before she died in December 14, 1966, just one day before Walt Disney died (December 15, 1966).