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Martas balle

Charity Ball dedicated to Empress Catherine the First.

On the 26th of September, 2014 first Charity  Marta's Ball dedicated to Empress Catherine the First ( Marta Samuilovna Skowronska ) was held at the  Grand Palace Hotel,Riga, Latvia. The world famous opera Star Inese Galante was patroness and the Guest of Honore of the Event. Ex president of Latvia Valdis Zatlers came with his spouse. 

"Soulstones by Agnese Zeltiņa" created a special collection CATHERINE I . 

Catherine the First was known as a kind and generous person. She experienced the poverty, and orphan childhood, and therefore she tried to help during her lifetime disadvantaged people, and especially children's shelters.Russian Empress Catherine I was the wife of Peter I the Great and Empress of Russia. There are many legends and gossips of the origin of Catherine. Historians from different countries, and researchers of the Peter the Great era could not come to an agreement. There is a one known fact, that Marta Samuilovna Skowronska came from Latvia.

 She lived at the shelter for orphans in Riga, she lost her parents when she was 2 years old. When she was 12 years, she was given in servitude to the pastor Gluck in Aluksne (Latvia). He was a highly educated man and was the first who translated the Bible into Latvian!

Marta grew up a very smart girl. And it is not an exaggeration to say her fate was one that so many young girls of every epoch desperately desired- to meet a prince and have a wealthy and happy life. 

She was the first empress in the Romanov dynasty! Her and Peter the Great’s daughter, Elizabeth, ruled the Russian Empire for over 20 years! 

As in one of the most famous fairy tale about Cinderella, Marta managed to become the first empress of the great empire. 

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