His Imperial Majesty Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, by Anton Aleksandrovich Serov, presented as a personal gift from the Tsar to the Royal Scots Greys as their Colonel. Painted in 1902, oil on canvas, 115 x 88 cm. The Emperor is depicted in full dress uniform as Colonel-in-Chief of the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys). The last Tsar was the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Scots Greys from 1894 until 1918. Housed at The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum, The Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Germany. Kaiser Wilhelm II, ruler of Imperial Germany beginning in 1888. Oldest grandson of England's Queen Victoria, the Kaiser was a cousin to both King George V of England and Czar Nicholas II of Russia. As Germany's leader, Kaiser Wilhelm was obsessed with maintaining his popularity, and was therefore somewhat erratic in his decision making--torn between the advice of his ministers, his desire to be popular, and his fear of appearing weak-willed.