After much anticipation, The Shard was officially opened yesterday with a special inauguration ceremony, according to an article published by the Telegraph.
The tallest building in Europe – measuring 1,016 ft over 95 storeys – green lasers and beams of light were shown from The Shard, highlighting some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks – including Tower Bridge and the London Eye; this light display was backed by music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The prime minister of Qatar and the Duke of York were amongst the most prominent guests in attendance at the event.Â However, despite the opening, much of the building’s 589,602 sq ft of London office space remains vacant.
Chairman of Sellar Property, Irvine Sellar, spoke about The Shard with great enthusiasm.
He said: “The Shard is an iconic addition to the capital’s skyline and will be one that all of London can access and enjoy.
“It will become as essential a part of a visit to London as going to the top of the Empire State building is for visitors on a trip to New York,” Mr Sellar added.
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