A Royal Problem is the 10th Season 7 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.


Starlight Glimmer is sent to solve a friendship problem between Princess Celestia and Princess Luna. When it's clear that the problem is that the royal sisters don't appreciate one another, Starlight impulsively switches their cutie marks!

Production timeline

November 6–December 2, 2015 An episode titled "A Royal Pain in the Map" was planned, where Twilight alone was called by the Cutie Map to solve a friendship problem in Celestia's castle. This episode never got a premise.
January 28, 2016 The second loglines for Season 7 were written. One of the episodes in the second set was "A Royal Problem", in which Starlight is called this time instead of Twilight.
February 4, 2016 Premise written by 
February 17, 2016 Outline written.
March 8, 2016 First draft of the script written.
March 16, 2016 Second draft of the script written.
March 22–24, 2016 Final draft written.
April 21, 2016 Script locked polish.
May 13–June 22, 2016 Voice recording in session.
September 20, 2016 Animatic submitted for review.
March 1, 2017 Client cut of animated episode submitted for review.
March 30, 2017 Musical score added.
April 13, 2017 Final revisions made to the episode.


This episode features the following characters:

Main characters
08 - Starlight Glimmer.png
Starlight Glimmer
11 - Princess Celestia.png
Princess Celestia
12 - Princess Luna.png
Princess Luna
01 - Twilight Sparkle.png
Twilight Sparkle
Other characters
07 - Spike.png

Home media

DVDs with this episode:

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Season Seven
(October 9, 2018)
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