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Prince rappels 785 feet down UK building

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 08:25 p.m. HST, Sep 03, 2012


LONDON >> 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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