Where did the Orthodox icons in Westminster Abbey come from?

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BELGRADE/LONDON – Hundreds of millions of people followed the funeral of British Queen Elizabeth II, and the service held on that occasion in Westminster Abbey, on live TV today, and viewers in Serbia caught the eye of a very unusual detail.

Where did the Orthodox icons in the sanctuary of the Anglican Church come from?

London, Queen Elizabeth's funeral, Queen Elizabeth
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The cameras that recorded the service in Opatija, in addition to the dignitaries who attended it, recorded all the beauty and splendor of its interior.

At one point, the camera also moved over Orthodox icons, which made viewers in our country wonder where such icon painting in a church of a completely different religion came from.

Westminster Abbey, icons, funeral, Queen Elizabeth
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It is a more recent move, more precisely from the beginning of the 1990s. Since then, this church has been decorated with two icons by the Russian icon painter Sergei Fedorov.

Westminster Abbey, icons, funeral, Queen Elizabeth
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Namely, on the left and right sides of the pillars, you can see two large Orthodox icons of the Savior and the Mother of God, which have been there since 1994.

The fact is that the Anglican Church is quite close to the Orthodox Church. The late Prince Philip, husband of the British Queen, was baptized in the Orthodox faith, and his son Prince Charles, the current king, shows great interest in Orthodoxy and spends a month in Hilandar almost every year.

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