The Monday morning royal routine of Britain’s Prince Andrew was unusually interrupted by a slow and steady descent down Europe’s tallest building, London’s Shard skyscraper.
However, it was not a random daredevil stunt, the Duke of York had a point to prove – raising awareness for two educational charities which give opportunities to mostly unemployed and disabled teenagers.
“This is just a demonstration of what the Outward Bound Trust stands for, what it can actually do for people. It can give them the confidence to make this sort of abseil,” he said after completing the rappel.
It took Prince Andrew 30 minutes to abseil down between the 87th and the 20th – a descent of some 250 metres.
The 52-year-old was one of 40 people who took part in the descent to raise money for the Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.