Yekaterina II of Russia

Born Sophie Friederike Auguste Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst; assumed the name Yekaterina Alekseyevna upon her marriage.

Conspired againt her husband and  succeeded him to the throne as Yekatarina II Empress of All the Russians in 1762

Daughter of Christian August Fürst von Anhalt-Zerbst (1690-1747) and Johanna Elisabeth Princess of Holstein-Gottorp (1712-1760)

Born: Stettin, Pomerania (now Szczecin, Poland) 2. May 1729

Married: Saint Petersburg 21. Aug 1745 Pyotr Fyodorovich, Tsarevich of Russia (Emperor Pyotr III in 1762) (1728-1762, murdered), her second cousin, son of Karl Friedrich Duke of Holstein-Gottorp (1700-1739) and Anna Petrovna Grand Duchess of Russia (1708-1728)

Issue of marriage:

Note: It is possible that Pavel I, who was born nine years after his parents wedding, was the son of Yekaterina’s lover Sergey Saltykov. Anna was possibly the daughter of another of Yekaterina’s lovers, Prince Stanislaw August Poniatowski

Natural issue by Graf Grigoriy Grigoryevich Orlov:

Died: Saint Petersburg 6. Nov 1796 from a stroke

Buried: St Peter and St Paul Cathedral, Saint Petersburg

R. Massie “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” New York, 2011; Detlev Schwennicke “Europäische Stammtafeln. Neue Folge” Vol II; Vittorio Klostermann, 2005;