| A young Franz Josef I|
Portrait ca. 1851 by Johan Ranzi
When you think of it from this angle, the King also shares these similarities. And from similarities, I mainly am alluding to Franz Josef's prominent mutton chops that he wore later in his life, as well as the uniform. While I doubt that the noble emperor had the temper of the king in Cinderella... who knows?
As an aside, I also noticed this time a fleeting look at some animated Dresden Shepherd china figures. The Dresden Shepherds (and Shepherdesses) were a popular China design that appeared throughout Europe starting at the end of the 18th century and they have generally remained pretty popular because of their cute, elegant appeal. Dresden, as you may know, was an important and noted china manufacturer in Germany prior to its devastating destruction in World War II. The king uses the lovely figurines to show how he's going to set the prince and his soon-to-be bride together. His improbable (but actually successful) plan seems as fragile as the china figurines he's using as a demonstration.