Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding : Greek Orthodox Icons Inside Westminster Abbey - A Tribute to the Greek Orthodox Religion?

Greek Orthodox Byzantine Icons inside Westminster Abbey
Picture source: GGW - BBC Live stream still

As Britain prepares for the marriage of Crown Prince William and Kate Middleton, it is interesting to note that there are two beautiful Greek Orthodox Byzantine style icons placed  inside Westminster Abbey, one on each side... something that we've never seen before, and maybe in deference to the Greek connection of the Royal Family.

Prince Charles is a frequent visitor to Mt Athos while Prince Philip, before renouncing his Greek citizenship to marry the Queen, was a member of the Greek Royal family, while ex King of Greece, Constantine is one of William's godparents.

Kai sta dika sas oi anypantroi!  (Thanks Lizzy K!)

You can watch the wedding Live on the BBC, Click Here 

P.S.  Our thanks to one of our readers, Alkyoni,  for letting us know that the icons are the work of Russian Icon painter Sergei Federov. Apparently they have been there a while. You can read a little about this talented icon painter here.

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