Empress Eugenie of the French. Photographed by George Spingler.
The Order of St. Catherine, the only Order of the Russian Empire for women (excluding the Order of Saint Olga, given only in 1916-1917), was founded in 1714 in order to commemorate and immortalize the actions of Empress Catherine I, wife of Peter the Great, whose selfless sale of her jewelry and property to pay the ransom of the Cossacks who were captured by the Turks in 1711 earned her the admiration of the court and country.
Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary, reigned from 1848 to 1916
Catherine the Great 1729-1796 Catherine II was a German-born empress of Russia, who led her country into full participation in the political and cultural life of Europe, carrying on the work begun by Peter the Great. With her ministers she reorganized the administration and law of the Russian Empire and extended Russian territory, adding the Crimea and much of Poland.
Abram Petrovich Gannibal was an African brought to Russia as a gift for Peter the Great. He became major-general, military engineer, governor of Reval and nobleman of the Russian Empire. He is perhaps best known today as the great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin, who wrote an unfinished novel about him, Peter the Great's Negro.
Russian Court dress.Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna (left) and Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaievna in their Ceremonial dresses to Imperial Court, circa 1913.
Imperial Throne of Tsar Nicholas II. Gotta love Russian history!
Nicholas II and the Tsaritsa dressed as Alexis I and Maria Miloslavskaya, for the Winter Palace's last Imperial ball
At the Costume Ball (1903) in the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia. #Russian #history #Romanov
It's The Georgian Hall of The Kremlin Grand Palace, The Red Square, Moscow ~ this hall is the largest between five grand halls of the Kremlin Grand Palace. It was named in the honor of Russian Order of St George, founded by Catherine II of Russia in 1760s to award soldiers and officers of the lowest level of Russian Empire. The hall is decorated by gold, crystals and 200 varieties of most precious wood.