Can someone tell me more of his second bride...I tried to google her (short) biography but failed as many results concerned other Princess Ekaterina Dolgorukaya who married other Russian Emperor...anyone know something more about her?
Ekaterina's bio is really brief and tragic. She was born in 1712, lived till 1729 in Warsaw, and felt in love there in Count Melissimo, who she wanted to marry, but her relatives sent her to Russia, to her tragic fate. After the death of Peter II her family was disgraced and wnet into exile. Her brother Ivan was soon executed, Ekaterina till 1741 (the year of Empress Elizaveta's accession to the throne) lived in Tomsk, the Siberia, in exile. Empress Elizaveta forgave her, ordered to return to St-Petersburg, appointed her a maid-of-honour and in 1745 Ekaterina married Count Bruce. She died soon though.