Prince rappells 785 feet down UK building

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.

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 NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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.

Associated Press
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