Lasers and light show as Shard is opened

Kasmira Jefford
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CROWDS gathered across London last night to get a peek of a lit-up shard, to celebrate the official inauguration of Europe’s tallest building.

The developer behind the Shard described the tower as a compass “pointing towards a new financial era” as he opened the 1,016ft-tall skyscraper.

Irvine Sellar, whose firm Sellar Property Group built the skyscraper in partnership with the state of Qatar, said the building served “as an elegant and powerful symbol of hope and prosperity”.

It was opened by the Duke of York Prince Andrew, London mayor Boris Johnson and the prime minister of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bid Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani.