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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.