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Prince Harry has begun his first official trip to Australia

Prince Harry has begun his first official trip to Australia by joining centenary celebrations to mark its navy’s arrival at Sydney Harbour.

Following a 100-gun salute, Governor-General Quentin Bryce, who represents the queen, Australia’s head of state, joined Prince Harry on board HMAS Leeuwin to officially review the ships.

An estimated 1.4 million people lined the harbour shores to watch more than 7 metric tons of fireworks explode from the decks of warships and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as from floating pontoons.

A light show illuminated the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House and illustrated a century of Australian military conflict.

Harry posed for photographs with Australia PM Tony Abbott; the prime minister’s wife, Margie; and two of their three daughters, Frances and Bridget, on the grounds of the historic mansion before again shaking hands with the public at a front gate.

Harry is in Australia’s largest city for just one day as part of a quick trip Down Under. He flies to the Western Australia capital, Perth, on Sunday morning for a brief visit before leaving the country.


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