Catherine the Great (May 2, 1729/April 21, 1729 - November 17, 1796), was the most renowned and the longest ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from July 9, 1762 until her death at the age sixty-seven. She was born in Stettin Pomerania, Prussia as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, and came to power following a coup d'état and the assassination of her husband, Peter III, at the end of the Seven Years' War. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. Her connection to the Romanov Dynasty will be explored and a short film will be shown that traces her history to the Romanov Dynasty and beyond. We will also discuss which DNA markers are most identified with the bloodline of the Romanovs.
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