russian empress

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna’s Maid of Honor cypher → In the form of the Cyrillic initial ‘A’ for the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (consort of Nicholas I), set with rose-cut diamonds mounted in silver-topped gold, surmounted by a hinged rose-cut diamond-set Imperial crown, unmarked, numbered III, with the original pale blue moiré silk ribbon.

Empress Elizaveta Petrovna in male dress, mid XVIII century (artist unknown)

Should be mentioned, that empress Elizaveta was a great fan of male clothing. She dresses as a male to balls and haunts. Sometimes she even organized carnivals, where all men wore female clothing, and all women - male. 


Five last Russian Empresses and their nicknames

  • Empress Elizaveta Alexeievna, consort of Alexander I - “Elise”
  • Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, consort of Nicholas I - “Mouffy”
  • Empress Maria Alexandrovna, consort of Alexander II - “Masha”
  • Empress Maria Fyodorovna, consort of Alexander III - “Minnie”
  • Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, consort of Nicholas II - “Sunny”

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“I saw a huge change in her: in outlook and movement. Before me was not the same Tsaritsa who I knew, but some kind of creature, obviously nervous and unwell. I felt pity for her and those sweet Grand Duchesses who were with her…I pity her with all my heart. She is absorbed in power…continues to drag it into a precipice, already on edge…How right my wife was when she arrived on Kamenny Ostrov [Island] to [see] Empress Mariya Fyodorovna, in the presence of Grand Duchesses Ksenya and Olga Alexandrovna, saying that the only remedy to save the Sovereign, the children [the imperial Grand Duchesses] and Russia-is to send the Empress to a sanatorium for the soul affected. Isolation, peace and quiet life might still save her…My wife nevertheless went to her once more. The chat lasted one and half hours, [my] wife told her the whole truth, pleaded with her to change everything, but the Empress was reticent and was only irritated about this conversation.” 

December 16,1915 diary entry of Count Felix Sumarokov-Elston, Prince Youssoupoff, published in The Murder of Grigorii Rasputin; A Conspiracy That Brought Down the Russian Empire by Margarita Nelipa 


Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna of Russia, consort of Nicholas I

…Emperor Nicholas, when still a Grand Duke, married in 1817 a daugher of … Frederick William III. of Prussia. This charming and cultured Princes, the beautiful daughter of a beautiful mother, lived to exercise and influence on Russian society of ehich it is not too much say that the effects are still making themselves felt. In a country only just awakening out of a long barbaric slumber, in which the srts and humanities were yet in their first infancy, she was the centre of sweetness and light. By her love of music and fine arts she did much to kindle and develop those dormant artistic qualities latent in all Slavonic races, which, in the case of Russia, have grown so generously and luxuriantly, creating schools of music, painting, and literature peculiarly national, and destined to excite the admiration and emulation of the rest of the world. Moreover, she set an example of happy domesticity such as had not as yet been given to any Russian Empress or even Grand Duchess to exhibit, the Empress Marie, wife of Paul, not excepted. Her biographer and faithful servant, A. Th. von Grimm, says without exaggeration that “she was the soul of the Imperial house and society, and her example, though quiet and almost imperceptible, yet powerfully influencedthe tone and ennobled the spirit of society in the capital.”

E.A. Brayliney Hodgetts: The Court of Russia in the Nineteenth Century (published in 1908)

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The story of the Great Russian empress in her early years (15-33). Prepare to become a witness of the first years of her life in Russia. The years of court intrigues, conspiracies, power struggles and unconditional love to Russia.

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Favourite Historical People: Catherine the Great

Catherine II of Russia, also known as Catherine the Great (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 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. She came to power following a coup d'état when her husband, Peter III, was assassinated. Russia was revitalised under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognised as one of the great powers of Europe. The period of Catherine the Great’s rule, the Catherinian Era, is often considered the Golden Age of the Russian Empire and the Russian nobility.