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Peter III, Emperor of Russia


Emperor Peter III (1728-1762), Russian Emperor since 1762. He was the grandson of Peter the Great and son of Peter's elder daughter Anna Petrovna and Charles Frederick, Duke of Holstein Gottorp. He was proclaimed an heir-presumptive to his aunt Empress Elizaveta Petrovna in 1742. In 1745, he married Sophia Augusta von Anhalt-Zerbst, future Empress Catherine II. Peter was a weak and unstable man, a great admirer of Frederick II the Great. After his succession to the Russian throne Peter III withdrew Russia's forces from the Seven Years' War and restored East Prussia to Frederick. These steps enraged the army and the aristocracy. In June of 1762, Peter III was deposed by a group of nobles, led by Count Orlov, the lover of Peter's III wife, Catherine. Catherine was proclaimed an Empress and Peter III was killed by Catherine's supporters.
See: Aleksey Antropov. Portrait of Emperor Peter III.
Georg Christoph Grooth. Portrait of Grand Duke Peter Fedorovich (Later Emperor Peter III).
Fedor Rokotov. Portrait of Great Duke Peter Fedorovich, Later Emperor Peter III.

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