On May 2, 1729 Sophia Friederike Auguste was born in Stettin, Prussia. Her father was Christian August, who was the prince of Stettin, Prussia. Although he was a prince he was better known as the general for Frederick William I of Prussia. Sophia’s mother was Princess Johanna Elizabeth from Holstein-Gottorp. She had a younger brother Wilhelm Christian, but unfortunately he died when he was 12 years old. Because of her mother’s lack of interest in her, Sophia would be cared for mostly by her governess Babette. Sophia would later become the empress of Russia in 1729 and would change her name to Catherine the Great.