Prince Andrew's Shard abseil

The Duke of York has successfully abseiled down Europe's tallest building, The Shard. Prince Andrew was raising money for The Outward Bound Trust, an educational charity which he is chairman of. William Hague's wife Ffion also took part.

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Prince Andrew abseils down Europe's tallest building

Prince Andrew has begun his 250 metres downward abseil from western Europe's tallest building, The Shard.

His Royal Highness' charity stunt started on the building's 87th floor and ends on the 20th.

Prince Andrew pictured (at the top of the building) from the bottom of The Shard. Credit: ITV News/Clare Fallon
The assembled media direct their camera lenses on The Shard. Credit: ITV News/Georgina Brewer

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Andrew prepares to abseil down Europe's tallest building

The Duke of York will abseil down western Europe's tallest building, The Shard for charity today.

His Royal Highness is to be joined by Ffion Hague, the wife of Foreign Secretary William Hague and 38 other participants.

The view from the bottom of The Shard in London where today's charity abseil is taking place. Credit: ITV News' Clare Fallon/@clarefallon

20 people from the daredevil group will take part in a full abseil which spans 250m between the summit of the building at the 87th floor down to the 20th floor.

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Duke of York to abseil down the Shard

The Duke of York will abseil down the Shard skyscraper in London for charity today.

The Duke of York will abseil down the Shard Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

The 52-year-old royal is one of around 40 people to lower themselves down Europe's tallest building for educational charity The Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

The Shard is the tallest building in Europe Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Other participants include Ffion Hague, the wife of Foreign Secretary William Hague, and leading businessmen and women.

The Shard is the tallest building in Europe, and its viewing galleries will be open to the public in February next year.

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