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Elizabeth of Russia

Empresses of All Russia – Elizabeth

The future Empress Elizabeth of Russia was born on 29 December 1709 as the daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine I of Russia. She and her sister Anna were the only two children of their parents to survive to adulthood. They had one half-sibling, Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich, born from their father’s first marriage to [read more]

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Anna of Russia

Empresses of All Russia – Anna

The future empress Anna was born in Moscow as the daughter of Tsar Ivan V and Praskovia Saltykova. Her father was the elder half-brother of Peter the Great, who was his co-ruler as he was considered mentally disabled. She had four other sisters, of which only two others survived to adulthood. Anna was the second [read more]