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The Queen and Prince Phillip to visit ‘Europe’s tallest building’ The Shard

The Queen and Prince Philip are to visit the tallest building in Europe, The Shard, on an official on November 23.

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit the large skyscraper as part of a visit to Southwark. During the trip, they will meet with staff and tour the viewing area ‘The View from The Shard’.


They will be able to see across the capital, including their home Buckingham Palace, as they take in the skyline from Levels 69 and 72.

During the visit, the 87-year-monarch will also meet recipients of the Southwark Scholarship Scheme , which is supported by The Shard. Before leaving, the Queen will unveil a plaque to mark her visit to The Shard.

This will be the Shard’s second visit from a member of the Royal Family after Prince Andrew abseiled down the 1,016ft building in September 2012, in a bid to raise money for educational charity, the Outward Bound Trust.

Before lowering himself down from the 87th floor, the Duke of York joked “mother doesn’t mind” while adding Prince Charles had told him it was a “fantastic idea”.

After visiting The Shard, the Queen and Prince Philip will travel to Southwark Cathedral, where they will view a new stained glass window that was created by Icelandic artist, Leifur Breidfjord, to celebrate last year’s Diamond Jubilee.

On Sunday, Her Majesty led the nation to mark Remembrance Sunday as she attended the annual service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall.

Laying the first wreath, she was joined by senior royals including the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Prince Edward and Princess Anne.

During the service, the Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Lawrence watched on from a nearby balcony.

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