The Last Tsar

Day 19 of Colourisation Project – May 26th

On this day (26 May) in 1896, Nicholas II officially became the Tsar of Russia. Although Russia formally ended the Tsardom in 1721, Nicholas was known by the monarchical title of Tsar.

His official short title however was Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias. He was also Grand Duke of Finland and titular King of Poland. Unfortunately for him he was also the last Tsar under Romanov rule.

When Nicholas inherited the throne at the age of 26, upon the death of his father, Alexander III, he was not prepared for the role of leader. His inability to understand military matters and the needs of his people led to great political unrest under his reign. He was eventually forced to abdicate following the Revolution of 1917. Nicholas and his family came to a grisly end when they were executed by Bolsheviks in 1918, thus ending more than three centuries of the Romanov dynasty’s rule.

Tsar Nicholas II

 

   Photographer Unknown – Colourised by Loredana Crupi

“I am not prepared to be a tsar. I never wanted to become one. I know nothing of the business of ruling.”  Tsar Nicholas II

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