The history of the imperial love: hard-won marriage of Alexander II

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The history of relations Dolgorukova Catherine and Alexander II - one of the examples of what the suffering of the people are willing to love to be together. 14 years of secret meetings and four illegitimate children, all of which were recognized by the emperor - all experienced a great Catherine Dolgoruky. Alas, to live in marriage with Alexander II, she was destined for only one year.

The history of the imperial love: hard-won marriage of Alexander II The history of the imperial love: hard-won marriage of Alexander II

Ekaterina Dolgorukov - a favorite of Alexander II

The history of the imperial love: hard-won marriage of Alexander II

The first meeting of the emperor with Catherine refers to 1859, while she was only 11 years old. Then she was carefree child, but a few years later, she was destined to survive the death of his father, Michael Dolgoruky. Care of her and her brothers and sisters took the Emperor by sending them to study in the Cadet Corps and the Smolny Institute for Noble Maidens.

The history of the imperial love: hard-won marriage of Alexander II

After the end of the Smolny Institute Catherine Alexander appeared before 17-year-old girl. The elegance and beauty of the ladies so sunk into the soul of the emperor that he set out to conquer necessarily young heart. Initially, it was mimodetnye meeting in the Summer Garden, and then - the first date in Peterhof. After a night spent with a young favorite, Alexander vowed to marry her.

The history of the imperial love: hard-won marriage of Alexander II

Mistresses the emperor was always much, the wife bore him eight children, but still the heart of Alexander II was ever given Dolgorukova. beloved meetings became regular, secret meetings were held in the Winter Palace. Romance lasted a long 14 years, and during that time became a mother four Ekaterina. To hide the connection was almost impossible, trying to save Catherine from stigmatization, the Emperor sent her to live in Europe. Separated, both missed and kept sending letters to each other, filled with tenderness and warmth.

The history of the imperial love: hard-won marriage of Alexander II

The wedding of Catherine and Alexander II Dolgorukova held July 6, 1880, less than a month after the death of Empress Maria Alexandrovna. the pair was unable to enjoy life together. March 1 next year, an attempt has been made to the emperor, in which he was fatally wounded. Dolgorukova long he remained in St. Petersburg, soon she and her children (by the way, recognized the Emperor) went to Nice, where he lived for the rest of life.

The history of the imperial love: hard-won marriage of Alexander II

Marriage Catherine Dolgorukova and Alexander II - one of the lucky "unequal" marriages in our country's history.