Britain's Queen Elizabeth gazed over two thousand years of history on Thursday (November 21) during a visit to western Europe's tallest building - The Shard.

The building reaches 309.6 metres high and the viewing platform is almost double the height of any of London's other viewing points.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh met staff and toured The View from The Shard, giving them a unique look at the London Skyline from Levels 69 and 72.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also met recipients of the Southwark Scholarship Scheme, which is supported by The Shard.

Before departing, The Queen unveiled a plaque to mark her visit to The Shard.

The Royal Party then proceeded by car to Southwark Cathedral where they toured the Cathedral.

The Shard is no stranger to hosting royalty. In September 2012, before it had opened to the public, the Queen's son Prince Andrew abseiled down the glass structure.

He began his stunt from the 87th floor, just below the top floor of the tower and finished half an hour later on level 20.

The Duke of York did the abseil to raise funds for charities the Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

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