Prince rappells 785 feet down UK building

via Yahoo News: 

Britain's Prince Andrew abseils down The Shard, the tallest building in Europe, for charity in central London Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. The 52-year-old royal descended the Shard skyscraper in London, beginning his daredevil stunt from the 87th floor - just below the top of the 1,016ft tower - and finishing half an hour later on level 20. Prince Andrew trained with the Royal Marines in Arbroath, Scotland over the summer to prepare for the challenge. (AP Photo/Max Nash/PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Andrew has rappelled 785 feet (239 meters) down the side of Europe’s tallest building to raise money for charity.

The 52-year-old’s stunt began on London skyscraper The Shard’s 87th floor and finished on the 20th, and took him 30 minutes.

Following the descent Monday morning, the prince said: “I will never do it again.”

Andrew was part of a group of about 40 participants raising funds for the Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

The prince — chairman of the trustees of the Outward Bound Trust — raised 290,000 pounds ($460,000).

Following the stunt, Andrew told reporters the “difficult bit was actually stepping out over the edge,” but said his training with the Royal Marines had given him the confidence.

 

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