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 II, also known as Catherine the Great,Empress of Russia May 1729 – 17 November 1796 was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 9 July 1762 until her death at the age of

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, Count Saint Germain is rumored to have played a behind the scenes role in her coup over her husband Tzar Peter III in 1760

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, Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia (ruled as Empress

The gown is made of luxuriant silver silk, with lace sleeves and a lace bertha around the neckline.  Embroidered golden eagles serve as the repeated pattern throughout with ermine trim at the hem.  The blue sash, worn from the right shoulder to the waist, represents the Order of St. Andrew the First Called and is principally bestowed upon the royal family.

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1745 Catherine the Great's wedding dress two views X1.25 From  1745

Catherine the Great’s wedding dress, 1745 - How could one even walk down the aisle in this thing?

Great Imperial Crown, 1762 - Made for the coronation of Catherine the Great by J. Pauzie

The Great Imperial Crown made in 1762 for the coronation of Catherine the Great by the Russian court jeweler J.Pauzie - five thousand diamonds arranged in a pattern of laurel wreaths and oak branches. The Russian Crown Jewels

Catherine the Great. To ask her the mechanics of the rumoured pulley device, was brilliant and hosted interesting salons

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Broches de diamantes pertencentes à Catarina II Imperatriz da Russia

Three diamond bow brooches made for Catherine the Great of Russia, century. The largest one was likely worn at the décolletage, while the smaller ones could double as hair ornaments.