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Crowned at Moscow May 7, 1742.Said to have privately married FIELD MARSHAL COUNT ALEXEI GRIGORIEVICH RAZUMOVSKY.
Died without children at St. Petersburg.Buried in the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul (Petropavlovsk).
She was succeeded by her nephew, Tsar Peter III.
William Gerhardi."The Romanovs."New York:Putnams, 1939.p. 38-40.
The following is copied word for word from above source.
THE EMPRESS ELIZABETH's INVITATION TO RUSSIA - Chapter VI
. . . .on the 1st of January, 1744, the all-important letter from the EMPRESS ELIZABETH arrived in Zerbst.Signed by COUNT (von) BRUMMER, Master of the Russian Horse, the imperial letter read:
"At the emphatic and particular commande of Her Imperial Majesty, I have to inform you, Madame, that the sublime Empress desires Your Highness, accompanied by the Princess, Your eldest daughter, to travel to our country as soon as possible and set out without loss of time to wherever our Imperial Court may be at that time.Your Highness is too percipient not to realize the reason of the great impatience of Her Majesty to see you here, together with the Princess.Your daughter, of whom rumor tells us so much that is charming.There are situations when the world speaks with no other than the voice of God Himself."
Tamara Talbot Rice."Elizabeth Empress of Russia."New York:Praeger, 1970.
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In the spring of 1717, PETER THE GREAT, Elizabeth's father, visited Paris and the Palace of Versailles, both to initiate an alliance and to see the place.
Two days after his arrival in Paris Peter was received in audience by the boy king of France in the Tuileries Palace.To the horrified consternation of the assembled French courtiers the gaunt, immensely tall Tsar bent down and, raising the young ruler in his arms, proceeded warmly to kiss him.
Peter was cordially welcomed at Versailles and encouraged to discuss the alliance with the regent of France, PHILIP, DUKE OF ORLEANS.(See LOUIS-PHILIPPE DUKE OF ORLEANS KING OF FRANCE 1830-1848).During one of their meetings he broached the possibility of a marriage between his daughter, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, and a French prince of the blood royal, indeed even with the young king (Louis XV) of France.He stated that if Elizabeth were to marry a French prince he would favour her husband's nomination to the Polish throne at the death of AUGUSTUS II, reigning King of Poland and Elector of Saxony.The regent was anxious to avoid offending the tsar.Though he liked neither suggestion he temporized about the marital proposals while encouraging those for the alliance.In August they signed a treaty of commerce and agreed to establish diplomatic relations.
Even if Peter sensed that there was little likelihood that Elizabeth would marry the King of France while Versailles continued to refuse to address him by his full imperial title, he cannot have supposed that his daughter would be considered an unsuitable wife for a French prince of the royal blood.But IN FACT THE FRENCH DECIDED THAT IT WOULD NOT BE FITTING FOR A MEMBER OF THEIR ROYAL HOUSE TO MARRY A BRIDE BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK and only partly of royal descent.So they marked time, alternately stalling, then resuming the talks.Not until the engagement of LOUIS XV to the Infanta of Spain had been announced did Peter abandon hope that Elizabeth would marry the king.At that point the name of the regent's (PHILIPPE D'ORLEANS) SON, THE YOUNG DUKE OF CHARTRES, was suggested to him as that of a likely groom.A number of postponements followed, and it was not until the autumn of 1722 that the regent finally agreed in principle to the marriage, though he persisted in his wish to defer it until his son's elevation to the Polish throne.By the time Peter got a courier sent letter, as he was in the east in the war with Persia, he did not receive it until his return the following winter to St. Petersburg.
Receiving him in private audience, with Catherine (the First - Peter's wife) seated at his side, Peter told Monsieur de Campredon how honoured he felt by the regent's decision to consent to the Duke of Chartre's marriage to Elizaveta Petrovna.Since he could not agree to the postponement of the wedding till such time as the Polish throne might fall vacant, he wished to send an envoy to Versailles to discuss arrangements for the ceremony to take place in the near future. . . . .
Peter the Great died on 25 January 1725 without naming his successor.
Catherine/Martha Skavronskaya became Tsarina Catherine I, and she did all she could for her daughter Elizabeth.
Philip Longworth."The Three Empresses."New York:Hold, Rinehart and Winston, 1972.
[In the spring of 1717] . . . . Catherine was also anxious about his success in broaching the subject of a POSSIBLE MARRIAGE ARRANGEMENT between their second daughter ELIZABETH (the future Empress), now seven years of age, AND THE INFANT KING LOUIS [XV].In this she was to be disappointed;the proposal was turned down.Peter seemed as depressed about it as she was, but he made the most of his visit - toured the Invalides, the Gobelin factory, the botanical gardens and the Mint, inspected anatomical models made of wax, called on the DUCHESS DE BERRY (MARIE LOUISE ELIZABETH DE VALOIS, DAUGHTER OF PHILIPPE II, DUKE OF ORLEANS, REGENT OF FRANCE, AND WIFE OF CHARLES DUKE OF BERRY WHO WAS SON OF LOUIS THE GRAND DAUPHIN OF FRANCE, WHO WAS THE SON OF KING LOUIS XIV) and the Academie Francaise, saw Fontainebleau, the Tuileries and Versailles.By 17 June when he arrived in Spa to take another cure he was quite exhausted.