London, February 21, Interfax - The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), Russia's oldest public organization which organizes pilgrimage to Orthodox holy sites, is opening a representative office at the Cavalry and Guards Club in London's Piccadilly Street on Thursday.
Its main aim is cultural-educational and perpetuation of the memory of Queen Victoria's granddaughter Holy Martyr Elizabeth Feodorovna, who led the IOPS after the tragic death of her husband, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, in 1905, IOPS chairman Sergey Stepashin told Interfax.
"Our task is to remind the British of our shared history and shared values such as charity, loving one's neighbor, care and philanthropism. All these qualities, which every Christian should possess, were epitomized by Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria, daughter of a German duke, and the Russian grand duchess - a person of peace and daughter of three great powers - Great Britain, Germany and Russia.
"We are aware of the attention the Prince of Wales, Charles, has been paying to the topic of protecting Christians, currently subjected to a real genocide in the Middle East, one of the core tasks for our Society in the 21st century, laid down, in particular, in our Charter."
IOPS members in Britain are aristocrats who adopted Orthodox Christianity and are parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh with its center in London.
"Our representative office will be led by a worthy Briton, English by birth but Russian in spirit, Michael Winne-Parker, a well-known public figure in the country, businessman, author and a friend of many members of the royal family," Stepashin said.