Catherine the Great

Empresses of All Russia – Catherine II

The future Empress Catherine II of Russia was born as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg as the daughter of Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst and Princess Johanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp on 2 May 1729. She arrived in Russia in 1744 as the prospective bride of the future Peter III of Russia. At the time Russia [read more]

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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]