burial: 05 Dec 1796 Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul
"Eighteen years of boredom and solitude made her read plenty of books. Arrived on the throne of Russia she desired its good and sought to procure for her subjects happiness, liberty, and prosperity. She forgave easily and hated no one; indulgent, easy to live with, naturally cheerful, with a republican soul and a good heart, she had friends: she found work easy, she liked good society and the arts."
Carroll: Karl Peter initially denied being the father, but later backed down because he could not tell the Empress' ministers he wasn't sleeping with his wife, without hanging out the dirty royal laundry.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Ekaterina Alexeyevna by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Anhalt-Zerbst was a principality in what was Stetin, Prussia where Sophie was born. Her father Christian August was a prince of Anhalt Zerbst. Joanna Elizabeth, Sophies mother, princess of the "House of Holstein Gottorp", became the princess of Anhalt-Zerbst when she married Prince Christian August. in 1727. Holstein- Gottorp is a "house" or, a historiographical name for the parts of the Duchies of Schleswig, and Holstein. Place names. Prince Christian August of Anhalt-Zerbst and Princess Joanna Elizabeth of the "House of Holstein-Gottorp", and Anhalt-Zerbst.