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Ivan VI Antonovich of Russia was proclaimed Emperor of Russia in 1740, as an infant, although he never actually reigned. Within less than a year, he was overthrown by the Empress Elizabeth of Russia, Peter I's daughter. Ivan spent the rest of his life as a prisoner and was killed by his guards during an attempt made to free him.

Ivan VI Antonovich of Russia was proclaimed Emperor of Russia in 1740, as an infant, although he never actually reigned. Within less than a year, he was overthrown by the Empress Elizabeth of Russia, Peter I's daughter. Ivan spent the rest of his life as a prisoner and was killed by his guards during an attempt made to free him.

A very elegant portrait of Princess Alix, taken around the time of her engagement to Nicholas of Russia.

A very elegant portrait of Princess Alix, taken around the time of her engagement to Nicholas of Russia.

Paul I of Russia as a youth - Paul was taken from his mother at birth and withheld from her presence except during very limited moments, that having done her duty in providing an heir to the throne, Elizabeth had no more use for Catherine, who was then forbidden from seeing the child.

Paul I of Russia as a youth - Paul was taken from his mother at birth and withheld from her presence except during very limited moments, that having done her duty in providing an heir to the throne, Elizabeth had no more use for Catherine, who was then forbidden from seeing the child.

August 21, 1745: Peter III, aged 17, married  Catherine II, aged 16. The marriage was political and organized by Empress Elizabeth.

August 21, 1745: Peter III, aged 17, married Catherine II, aged 16. The marriage was political and organized by Empress Elizabeth.

Portrait of Pavel Petrovich a.k.a Paul I of Russia (1754-1801), painted by Dmitry Grigorievich Levitzky in 1780

Portrait of Pavel Petrovich a.a Paul I of Russia painted by Dmitry Grigorievich Levitzky in 1780

Painting by Unknown artist of Tsar Alexander I Pavlovich Romanov The Blessed (23 Dec 1777-1 Dec 1825) Russia. 1st Child of Tsar Paul I (1754-1801) Russia & 2nd wife Princess Sophie Dorothea-Maria Feodorovna (1759-1828) Württemberg, Germany. Husband of Princess Louise-Elizabeth Alexeyevna (24 Jan 1779-16 May 1826) Baden, Germany. He was Emperor of Russia, King of Poland, Grand Prince of Finland, Grand Prince of Lithuania.

Painting by Unknown artist of Tsar Alexander I Pavlovich Romanov The Blessed (23 Dec 1777-1 Dec 1825) Russia. 1st Child of Tsar Paul I (1754-1801) Russia & 2nd wife Princess Sophie Dorothea-Maria Feodorovna (1759-1828) Württemberg, Germany. Husband of Princess Louise-Elizabeth Alexeyevna (24 Jan 1779-16 May 1826) Baden, Germany. He was Emperor of Russia, King of Poland, Grand Prince of Finland, Grand Prince of Lithuania.

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