The Duke of York is set to abseil down The Shard, the tallest building in western Europe, in a bid to raise money for charity.
Prince Andrew, accompanied by 39 others including the Foreign Secretary's wife Ffion Hague, will take part in the challenge in support of the educational charity The Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
I am delighted to be leading the Descent of the Shard. I am also very proud, as the Chairman of The Outward Bound Trust, of the work the Trust undertakes with young people to give them challenge through adventure. The Royal Marines are also close to my heart as a part of the Royal Navy and whilst the work they do in support of our nation is beyond any question; I am delighted to be joining with The Royal Marines and their Benevolent Trust to be able to raise not only awareness for the two Charitable organisations we are Descending the Shard for but also in raising the necessary money and support for both organisations to be able to continue our vital work.
Descent Of The Shard will see twenty of the group, including the Duke, take part in the full abseil which spans 250m between the summit of the building at 87th floor down to the 20th floor on September 3. The rest of the group will abseil between the summit and 78th floor.
The 1,016ft (309.6m) skyscraper, situated just yards from the banks of the River Thames in Southwark, was inaugurated by the Qatari prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, and the Duke of York, earlier this month.
We are delighted to welcome The Duke of York back to The Shard following his key role in the building’s inauguration. We are extremely pleased that The Shard is the centrepiece of this huge fund raising exercise for these incredibly worthy causes. Equally important to us is that these charities, The Outward Bound Trust and Royal Marines, are going to involve a number of young Southwark residents in the abseil.