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)

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.

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.

1744 Catherine the Greats Wedding Dress (State Armory - Moskva Russia) Photo - Canadienne From members.virtualtourist.com:m:5765b:90a60:4:?o=1=2

1744 Catherine the Greats Wedding Dress (State Armory - Moskva Russia) Photo - Canadienne From members.virtualtourist.com:m:5765b:90a60:4:?o=1=2

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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