Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine

Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine

Grand Duchess + Grand Duke + Emperor
Born Nov 1, 1864
Hometown Bessungen
Died Jul 18, 1918
Death Place Alapaevsk

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia canonized as St. Elizabeth Romanova was a German princess of the House of Hesse, and the wife of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, fifth son of Emperor Alexander II of Russia and Princess Marie of Hesse and the Rhine. Grand daughter of Queen Victoria and an older sister of Alexandra, the last Russian Empress, Elizabeth became famous in Russian society for her beauty and charitable works among the poor.… Read More

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1864 Birth Grand Duchess Elisabeth was born Her Grand Ducal Highness Princess Elisabeth Alexandra Louise Alice of Hesse and by Rhine on 1 November 1864. … Read More


1878 13 Years Old In the autumn of 1878, diphtheria swept through the Hesse household, killing Elizabeth's youngest sister, Marie on 16 November, as well as her mother Alice on 14 December. … Read More
1884 19 Years Old Sergei and Elizabeth married on 15 (3) June 1884, at the Chapel of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. … Read More


1891 26 Years Old Although Elizabeth was not legally required to convert to Russian Orthodoxy from her native Lutheran religion, she voluntarily chose to do so in 1891. Although some members of her family questioned her motives, her conversion appears to have been sincere. On 18 February 1905, Sergei was assassinated in the Kremlin by the Socialist-Revolutionary, Ivan Kalyayev. … Read More


1909 44 Years Old After Sergei’s death, Elizabeth wore mourning clothes and became a vegetarian. In 1909, she sold off her magnificent collection of jewels and sold her other luxurious possessions; even her wedding ring was not spared. … Read More


In 1918, Lenin ordered the Cheka to arrest Elizabeth. … Read More
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