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Royal approval

The Shard, Europe’s tallest skyscraper (pictured), will receive a smidgen of royal approval next week when Prince Andrew and Qatari prime minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani officiate at its inauguration

The presence of the former UKTI special representative, who is also a friend of the developer Irvine Sellar, points to a difference of opinion from his brother, thePrince of Wales, who in 2003 likened Renzo Piano’s landmark to a ‘salt cellar’. Was the Prince of Wales invited? Clarence House confirmed HRH has other engagements and will be away from London that day.

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