Prince Charles is backing a fundraising appeal by London’s Westminster Abbey that aims to raise more than £12 million to open up the Abbey’s triforium.

The triforium is the upper gallery of the historic abbey, which stands 70ft high and gives what is described as the “best view in Europe”.

The triforium is currently used for storage and is accessed by stone stairs, but the new campaign aims to clear it out for the benefit of the public, and to install an elevator.

“This is a very significant endorsement of the importance of the triforium project, which will improve in a genuinely transformational way the quality of access visitors have to the abbey, and the quality of their understanding of this precious church,” said Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall. “We are immensely grateful to the Prince of Wales for his personal commitment to the realisation of our development plans.”

The triforium is hoped to be open by 2015.

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