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LONDON -- Europe s tallest building has been officially unveiled in London, but its tenure as the continent s highest skyscraper will be brief.

The Shard, a 95-story tower which stands at 310 meter (1,016 feet), dwarfs almost everything around it, including nearby Tower Bridge and St Paul s Cathedral.

It was officially named Thursday as the highest tower in Europe, in a ceremony carried out by Britain s Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.

However, it is expected to be surpassed before the end of the year by Russia s planned 332 meter (1,089 feet) Mercury City Tower.

Named for its resemblance to a sliver of glass, The Shard is to include apartments, offices, restaurants and a five-star hotel.

Developer Irvine Sellar says the giant building will prove to be a success, despite Britain s sluggish economy.

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