Ballsy Princess

Catherine I ruled that no gentleman should be drunk before 9 pm and no lady should be drunk at any hour. Princess Elizabeth (Catherine's spirited daughter) and the other young ladies of the court soon learned to circumvent the rules -- by dressing as men and throwing transvestite balls.

[When Elizabeth died in 1762, 15,000 dresses were found in her closets. She often changed her outfits several times a day.]

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