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City news, 10.08.2006 13:41

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain thanks masters from St. Petersburg

elizabeth_II Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain thanked St. Petersburg craftsmen for the carved icons for the blind they presented to Her Majesty on the occasion of her birthday.

The Nasledie (Heritage - IF) studio director Alexander Sofinsky has informed Interfax about a letter that came yesterday to the studio, in which Elizabeth II warmly thanked the Russian masters for the gift and expressed high appreciation of their concern and care for her charitable work.

Later last April, the studio craftsmen conveyed to the Buckingham Palace through the British General Consul George Edgar 26 Orthodox icons depicting St. George the Conqueror and 54 portraits of Her Majesty so that during her birthday celebrations English blind children could see their queen and her patron saint.

Relief icons executed in the Old Russian tradition of tactile icons are found in many Orthodox churches, monasteries and museums in Russia, as well as on Holy Mount Athos and in Jerusalem. There are also similar icons in Finland, Germany, USA, France, Switzerland and Great Britain.

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