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Catherine was daughter of an obscure German prince and was chosen at age 14 to be the wife of the future Peter III. The marriage was a complete failure because her neurotic husband was incapable of ruling. The ambitious Catherine saw the possibility of eliminating him and governing Russia herself. After Peter became emperor in 1762, she conspired with her lover, Count Orlov, to force Peter to abdicate (he was murdered soon after) and have herself proclaimed empress. In her 34-year reign she led Russia into full participation in European political and cultural life. With her ministers she reorganized the administration and law of the Russian Empire and extended Russian territory, adding the Crimea and much of Poland. She had great energy and wide interests, and her personal life was notable for her many lovers, including Grigory Potemkin.

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"I would like to end by thanking God for the small mercies he has shown us at this dreadful time. For taking Diana at her most beautiful and radiant and when she had joy in her private life. Above all we give thanks for the life of a woman I am so proud to be able to call my sister, the unique, the complex, the extraordinary and irreplaceable Diana whose beauty, both internal and external, will never be extinguished from our minds."

July 1st, 1961 - August 31st, 1997

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