KOSTROMA, Russia -- He's short, squat and 16 years old, lives in Spain and likes pizza. But Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich Romanov is ready to drop his modern European life, if his people call on him, to become czar of Russia.
"I don't know what the people will want," this would-be autocrat told the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. But he and his mother, Grand Duchess Maria, who say they have the best claim to the throne among the dozens of descendants of the last czar, Nicholas II, plan to visit Russia this summer. There the boy prince intends to swear the traditional vow of the czarevich, or czar-in-waiting, to "Russia, the Orthodox faith and the imperial house."