Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia was the most renowned and the longest ruling female leader of Russia, reigned from July 9, 1762 to November 17, 1796.  It was under her rule that Russia became one of t he Great Powers of Europe.

Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia was the most renowned and the longest ruling female leader of Russia, reigned from July 9, 1762 to November 17, 1796. It was under her rule that Russia became one of t he Great Powers of Europe.

Catherine the Great's Royal Dress | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (She was quite the woman as this ensemble attests. LC)

Catherine the Great's Royal Dress | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (She was quite the woman as this ensemble attests. LC)

The Great Imperial Crown made in 1762 for the coronation of Catherine the Great by the court jeweler J.Pauzie represents the height of creative imagination, lavish beauty and skilled workmanship. It is adorned with five thousand diamonds arranged in a splendid pattern of laurel wreaths and oak branches.

The Great Imperial Crown made in 1762 for the coronation of Catherine the Great by the court jeweler J.Pauzie represents the height of creative imagination, lavish beauty and skilled workmanship. It is adorned with five thousand diamonds arranged in a splendid pattern of laurel wreaths and oak branches.

August 21, 1745: Peter III, aged 17, married  Catherine II, aged 16. The marriage was political and organized by Empress Elizabeth.

August 21, 1745: Peter III, aged 17, married Catherine II, aged 16. The marriage was political and organized by Empress Elizabeth.

1745 Catherine the Great's wedding dress two views X1.25 From liveinternet.ru:users:3173294:post174236422  1745

1745 Catherine the Great's wedding dress two views X1.25 From liveinternet.ru:users:3173294:post174236422 1745

Catherine the Great in her Coronation Robe, 1778-1779. Detail. Compare to portrait of Sophia Dorothea of Wurttemberg nearby.

Catherine the Great in her Coronation Robe, 1778-1779. Detail. Compare to portrait of Sophia Dorothea of Wurttemberg nearby.

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