Duke of Edinburgh opens the world’s first vertical cable car

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The Duke of Edinburgh opened the world’s first vertical cable car, British Airways i360 in Brighton today.

His Royal Highness took a flight on the observation pod at the seaside attraction, which was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye.

British Airways i360 is a feat of structural engineering. It stands at a height of 162 metres and holds the Guinness World Record for the World’s Most Slender Tower with a diameter of 3.9 metres at its widest point. The observation pod rises from ground level to 138 metres above Brighton beach, offering a unique view of the city, the South Downs and the South Coast.

The Duke of Edinburgh has a special interest in design and engineering and is officially involved with over 25 engineering institutions worldwide, including the Royal Academy of Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineering.

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