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Official Australia visit for Harry

Prince Harry is to make his first official visit to Australia next month when he attends an event commemorating the country's navy.

The royal will make a short trip to the Commonwealth nation, spending just a day attending the naval spectacle in Sydney which features more than 40 warships, 16 tall ships and 8,000 naval personnel from 19 nations.

The prince last visited Australia in 2003 during a gap year break when he worked on a ranch in the Australian outback.

Harry will be a guest of honour at the nine-day event which commemorates the centenary of the arrival of the Royal Australian Navy's first fleet in Sydney Harbour in 1913.

The prince will join the country's new prime minister, Tony Abbott, and the Queen's representative in Australia, governor-general Quentin Bryce, on the surveying ship HMAS Leeuwin to watch events on the water on Saturday October 5.

Later Harry will attend a reception hosted by Mr Abbott at Kirribilli House, the Australian leader's official residence in Sydney.

During his time in Australia the prince will also visit Perth.

Kensington Palace said further details about the prince's programme would be announced in due course.

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