What Russian wouldn't want to live like a Siamese king?
Where was the "boy, the boy who opened a wall!" when you needed him? (By the way, Dimitri is perhaps the most endearing male character from any film, ever. I dare you to disagree.)
Now that I've spent most of my post raving about children's films, let's just talk about Nicholas II. Obviously, things didn't end up so well for him. I'd rather not get into that, because I find the idea of mass executions extremely disturbing, especially when children are involved. In any case, Nicholas worked pretty hard to be a good leader. He and his wife Alexandra wanted to do right by their people, but, frankly, how do you effectively deal with the epic wasteland of nutrient-poor soil that is Russia? The onset of World War One didn't do much to help out Russia's last royal family, either. I think it's fair to say Nicholas just wasn't cut out to rule.
But man, did he look good doing it!
And what an outfit!
Nicholas, for all his faults, was a family man. He loved buying Faberge eggs. Who wouldn't love a man that does that? And he had absolutely GORGEOUS blue eyes. Unfortunately, these are not well-conveyed in ancient sepia images.
But we're going to look anyway.
Revolution? What? I'm busy looking beautiful and bemused.
So, yeah. Nicholas II. A good-looking man who failed in his birthright, and who will subsequently be forever etched in the popular memory. (Case in point: people don't talk as much about Nicholas I. Except maybe for connoiseurs of Russia like Kate.)
As I sign off, I'd just like to add that in gathering these images, I came across the words "Anastasia" and "Disney" thrown together a few too many times for my tastes. Educate your friends, all!