- Empress Anna Ivanovna
Anna Ivanovna (1693-1740) - Empress from 1730.
Daughter of Tsar Ivan V Alexeevich (1666-1696) and Tsaritsa Praskovia Fyodorovna, nee Saltykova (1664-1723). Ascended the throne following the death of her nephew Emperor Petr II (1715 -1730) and crowned in 1730. During this period Sarskoye Selo (the future Tzarskoje Selo) belonged to Crown Princess Elizabeth (1709-1761; later Empress Elizabeth I) and was used as a country residence and hunting lodge.