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Can one see one's house from here? The Queen and Prince Phillip take in the view from the 72nd floor of The Shard

November 21, 2013 2:46 PM
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The Queen got a bird's eye view of Buckingham Palace today as she scaled the Shard as part of a visit to a scheme helping to pay for some of the city's poorest students go to university.

Standing at 310m high (1,016 ft), as Western Europe's tallest building, both the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were treated to spectacular views of London's skyline - although Her Majesty seemed to veer away from the floor-to-ceiling windows as she met staff and some recipients of the Southwark Scholarship Scheme.

Phillip and the Queen visited levels 69 and 72 of the landmark building in London Bridge for a personal tour as they took in the view.

The Queen dazzled onlookers in a bright purple wool coat finished with a black trim and gold buttons. A matching floral-trimmed hat and her favourite Launer handbag completed the look as she peered through an interactive telescope on the landmark's 69th floor, before braving the cold weather on the 800ft (244m) high open-air viewing gallery of the building at London Bridge.

She remarked that St Paul's Cathedral looked 'quite small' as she walked around the 360 degree gallery, known as The View. 'It's interesting, the different views and how people can see their houses,' she said.

The Queen was introduced to Mark Layden, 24, a member of The Shard's apprenticeship scheme, who showed the monarch how to use a digital telescope, which can identify landmarks across the capital and allows users to zoom in.

Speaking after the royal visit, Mr Layden said: "I was stood by the telescope and she asked, 'are you going to show me Buckingham Palace?"

The design was commissioned after a competition by the Worshipful Company of Glassmakers and Painters of Glass.

The royal couple will meet the Deanery and Chapter of the Cathedral and representatives of the Icelandic Community.

The royal couple also met members of the Guild of Broderers of the Cathedral who are making a new set of "Jubilee Copes" to be worn by the four bishops of the diocese.


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