Duke of York to abseil down the Shard

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

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

Prince Andrew is to start his daredevil descent from the 87th floor - just below the top of the 1016ft tower - and finish an hour later on level 20.

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
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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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.