Portrait of Catherine the Great

A to Z Challenge: Q = Queen

Q = Queen

QWhat does it take to be a Queen? Some may say you marry into the position or maybe you are born into the position. Others have taken it when they had the opportunity. And, with this position comes power, palaces, fine gowns, land, etc.

This post is a bit of a continuation from yesterday’s palaces, but I am going to focus on a series of buildings that were built and decorated for Russian Queens, or Empresses as was the correct title, and mainly on Catherine the Great who was able to grab power when she saw the opportunity. The legacy she left is on a grand scale – from the Hermitage to Peterhof to the palace known simply as Catherine’s Palace.

For the rest of us? Here is my challenge to you – find your inner power and surround your life with beauty! Become the Queen of your life.

Hermitage
Hermitage
Throne in the Hermitage
Throne in the Hermitage
Portrait of Catherine the Great
Portrait of Catherine the Great
Dress that was in the portrait of Catherine the Great
Dress that was in the portrait of Catherine the Great
Dress that was in the portrait of Catherine the Great
Gates to Catherine’s Palace
Catherine's Palace
Catherine’s Palace
Catherine's Palace
Catherine’s Palace
Table setting in Catherine's Palace
Table setting in Catherine’s Palace
Catherine's Palace
Catherine’s Palace
Catherine's Palace
Catherine’s Palace
Garden at Peterhof where Catherine II planted a tree
Garden at Peterhof where Catherine II planted a tree
Plaque commemorating the tree planting
Plaque commemorating the tree planting

More from the Hermitage and Catherine’s Palace.

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