Elizabeth Alexeievna (1779-1826.)
Simply gorgeous- Elizabeth was born in Germany as Princess Louise Maria Auguste of Baden. She was hand-picked by Empress Catherine II “the Great” of Russia for her son Alexander I. Catherine was uh… well… a bit “overbearing” (what an understatement- if you wore something prettier than what she- you were severely punished and probably not allowed back.)
Catherine adored Elizabeth’s demure, submissive qualities and found her to be a “model of beauty, charm, and honesty.” This most likely translated to… she didn’t challenge Catherine in any way. Turns out- Alexander and Elizabeth fell in love- odd for an arranged marriage, but it worked for the most part.
Poor thing lost two daughters at a very young age and fell into depression, who wouldn’t? Despite some tumultuous times in their marriage, Alexander and Elizabeth grew closer over the losses and lived out their later years in Taganrog. When Alexander died, Elizabeth wrote to her mother “I do not understand my destiny” and later “Do not worry too much about me, bit if I dared, I would like to follow the one who has been my very life.” She died less than six months after her husband of heart failure.
She is known as one of the most beautiful women in history.