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Shard opens to public

The observation deck on the Shard - western Europe's tallest building - has opened to the public

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Marriage proposal at Shard opening

A man has proposed to his girlfriend at the official opening of the Shard's observation deck.

The young couple from Essex got engaged moments after London mayor Boris Johnson cut a ribbon to welcome visitors to the highest vantage point in western Europe

22 year old James Episcopou got down on one knee in front of a media pack invited to cover the event, and was rewarded for his bravery when his girlfriend Laura Taylor, also 22, said yes.

The engagement took place on level 72 of the Shard, just over 800ft above the capital

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