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Tsarevich Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov of Russia (Tsar Nicholas ll),Prince George of Wales,Prince Albert Victor of Wales.Queen Louise of Denmark,Alexandra Princess of Wales and Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia at Fredensborg in Denmark in 1889.

 Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great (Russian: Екатерина II Великая, Yekaterina II Velikaya; German: Katharina die Große), Empress of Russia (2 May [O.S. 21 April] 1729 – 17 November [O.S. 6 November] 1796), was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 9 July [O.S. 28 June] 1762 until her death at the age of 67. She was born in Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, and came to power following a coup d'état and the assassination of her husband, Peter III, at the end of the Seven Years’ War. Russia was revitalised under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognised as one of the great powers of Europe. {-Wikipedia}

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Family Nicholas II of Russia, 1914 by Olga

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia with the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov of Russia on board the Imperial Royal yacht,the Standart.

Women In History: Queens and Princesses

33) Empress Elizabeth of Russia

Louise of Baden (13/24 January 1779 – 4 May/16 May 1826) was, as Elizabeth Alexeievna, Empress of Russia during her marriage with Emperor Alexander I.

Born as Princess Louise of Baden, she was a daughter of Charles Louis, Hereditary Prince of Baden, and his wife, Landgravine Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt. She grew up in a close, warm family environment in Karlsruhe during the long reign of her grandfather Charles Frederick, Margrave of Baden.

Princess Louise came to Russia in November 1792, when she was chosen by Empress Catherine II of Russia as a bride for her eldest grandson, Grand Duke Alexander Pavlovich of Russia, the future Tsar Alexander I. Louise converted to the Orthodox Church, took the title of Grand Duchess of Russia and traded the name Louise Maria for Elizabeth Alexeievna. She married Alexander on 28 September 1793, when he was fifteen and she was fourteen. Initially the marriage was happy. Elizabeth was beautiful but shy and withdrawn. She had two daughters, but both died in early childhood. During the reign of her father-in-law, Tsar Paul I, Elizabeth supported her husband’s policies and was with him in the night of Paul’s assassination.

As empress consort, Elizabeth Alexeievna took part in court life and the duties of representation, but the first female rank in the Empire was reserved for her mother-in-law, Maria Feodorovna, who played a more prominent role than the young empress. For almost two decades, Alexander I and Elizabeth lived in harmony, but lead separated lives. Both had love affairs on their own. She was neither popular in Russia not much loved by her Romanovs relations. Elizabeth Alexeievna did not play any major political role, but during the Napoleonic Wars, she was a reliable supporter of her husband’s policies. She joined her husband at the Congress of Vienna in 1814. After many years living apart, Elizabeth and Alexander I reconciled early in the early 1820s. By 1824, they were once again the happy couple of their youth. As Elizabeth health was fragile, they moved to Taganrog, were Emperor Alexander died in December 1825. Empress Elizabeth died on her returning journey to the capital, five months after her husband’s death

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Albert von Keller (1844–1920, Germany)

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Keller was a German historical and genre painter, popular in his time as a society portraitist. Over his fairly long life, unlike a lot of artists who found their style at odds with modernistic trends, he appears to have adapted quite easily to the altering artistic priorities at the end of the 19th Century. In some of his work can be found elements of symbolism and expressionism.

One of the few wedding photos of the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Romanova of Russia and Nikolai Alexandrovich Kulikovsky.The Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia is at the left of the photo.