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Prince Andrew completes daredevil charity abseil down London's Shard

Prince Andrew begins the abseil earlier today. Photo: ITV News

Prince Andrew has completed a daredevil charity abseil down western Europe's tallest building, The Shard in London.

His Royal Highness was joined by Ffion Hague, wife of Foreign Secretary William and 38 other participants to take part in the 250 metre descent in support of educational charity The Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

ITV News' Clare Fallon reports.

Twenty of the daredevil group completed the full abseil which spans 250 metres between the summit of the building at the 87th floor down to the 20th floor, while the remaining abseilers descended the shorter but highest distance between the summit and 78th floor.

The view across London from the top of The Shard. Credit: ITV News

After completing his abseil, Prince Andrew told reporters: "The charity is close to my heart given my time in the Navy. It's about getting young people to face challenges."

Prince Andrew pictured abseiling down The Shard. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He added that the most difficult part of the 'stunt' was "walking up" to the top of the building because he had time to "realise" what he was doing.

Yes I did enjoy it. I was curious to see if I would be able to step over the edge! I was scared yes.

There is a moment of trepidation when you step out.

The 52-year-old completes the abseil. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Ffion Hague, wife of Foreign Secretary William, also completed her abseil down The Shard building in London today.

She told ITV News that she was "glad it's over" and "wouldn't necessarily want to do it again, but it was exhilarating".

Ffion Hague said she was "glad it's over" after completing her abseil. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire