Princess Ekaterina Dolgorukaya was a mistress of Tsar Alexander II and later his morganatic wife. Ekaterina was the last in a series of the Tsar's mistresses and the one he truly loved. Ekaterina and her Tsar had four children together before he was assassinated by a group of anarchists. While the Tsar's family had seriously objected to her, especially to her presence in the palace, they saw that she was provided for until her death.
My mom, the Mistress of the Malapropism, once called this show "How Do Ya Doody." Family legend has it that when I was only a year old, I got so excited when my parents flipped to the channel with Howdy, I stood on my head. No other TV show has gotten that reaction out of me since.