- NAME: Elizabeth of Russia
- OCCUPATION: Empress
- BIRTH DATE: December 29, 1709
- DEATH DATE: January 05, 1762
- Did You Know?: Elizabeth of Russia owned 15,000 dresses at the time of her death.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Kolomenskoye, Russia
- PLACE OF DEATH: St. Petersburg, Russia
- Full Name: Yelizaveta Petrovna
- AKA: Elizabeth, Empress of Russia
- AKA: Elizabeth
- AKA: Empress Elizabeth
- AKA: Empress of Russia
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After taking the throne by force in 1741, Elizabeth of Russia founded her country's first university and forged strong ties in Europe during her 20-year reign.
Before his death, Peter the Great failed to name his heir. His only remaining direct descendant, Elizabeth, seized the throne in his absence.
On Christmas Day Empress Elizabeth died, leaving the throne to Peter the Third.
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Elizabeth of Russia died on January 5, 1762, and was buried at the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Although she had numerous lovers, she never officially married nor beget any children she could ascend to the throne. Her selected heir, Peter III, was killed after only a few months as tsar; however,
his wife became one of Russia's most celebrated rulers as Catherine the Great.
In part due to her social reputation, Elizabeth has often been dismissed as an intermediary between two of her country's great leaders. However, she has come to be viewed in a more favorable light for her positive, substantive contributions during her 20-year reign.
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