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Duke of Edinburgh opens the thinnest tall building

By Staff Reporter

Published 29/10/2016

The Duke of Edinburgh on the world’s first vertical cable car
The Duke of Edinburgh on the world’s first vertical cable car
Prince Harry tips a young male over during sedation so it can be marked before releasing it in Malawi
Prince Harry tips a young male over during sedation so it can be marked before releasing it in Malawi

The Duke of Edinburgh took a trip on the world's first vertical cable car, as he officially opened the world's thinnest tall building.

The 531ft (161m) British Airways i360 viewing tower, stands on the site once occupied by the entrance to Brighton's ruined West Pier.

Prince Philip ascended inside the curved-glass pod, which gives a 360-degree view of up to 26 miles of the south coast. The duke was shown the control room and the operating winch, before unveiling a plaque.

The i360 holds the Guinness World Record for the globe's most slender tower, with a diameter of 3.9m at its widest point.

Meanwhile, his grandson, Prince Harry, is in Malawi, where he said the experience of helping to move African elephants across Malawi was "amazing".

He spent three weeks in Malawi in July and August working on a major project to transfer 500 elephants more than 200 miles to a wildlife reserve.

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