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Prince Harry salutes Australian navy on first official visit

Prince Harry, 29, welcomed a convoy of naval ships Saturday while attending the International Fleet Review during his first official visit to Australia.The event featured 40 warships, a 100-gun salute and 8,000 sailors from more than a dozen nations. The week-long celebration, which kicked off in Sydney Harbor, commemorates the Royal Australian Navy's 100-year anniversary.Prince Harry joined Austr
Britain's Prince Harry receives a royal salute from the honor guard at Garden Island Naval base in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 before bo...
Prince Harry glided through Sydney's harbor aboard a Navy ship on Saturday, as thousands of people crowded the shoreline to catch a glimpse.Rob Griffith / Today

Prince Harry, 29, welcomed a convoy of naval ships Saturday while attending the International Fleet Review during his first official visit to Australia.

The event featured 40 warships, a 100-gun salute and 8,000 sailors from more than a dozen nations. The week-long celebration, which kicked off in Sydney Harbor, commemorates the Royal Australian Navy's 100-year anniversary.

Prince Harry joined Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on board the naval base HMAS Leeuwin to meet with sailors and spectators alike. 

The prince, who recently became an uncle for the first time, also stopped to have some fun with some future admirers, including several toddlers and preschool-aged children in the crowd.

Prince Harry makes a funny face at a young child as he is greeted by a large crowd during the International Fleet Review in Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 5, ...
Prince Harry has a little fun with a young child greeting him last Saturday during the International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia.Dan Himbrechts / Today
epa03896991 Prince Harry (R) jokes with a toddler as he is greeted by a large crowd during the International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia, 05 Oct...
Prince Harry says hello to a toddler.DAN HIMBRECHTS / Today

Later, he attended a reception hosted by Abbott at his official residence, the Kirribilli House in Sydney, which included a 30-minute fireworks show.

Britain's Prince Harry (L) meets members of the public during a walk around at Campbell's Cove in Sydney on October 5, 2013. Prince Harry is in Sydney...
Prince Harry meets members of the public during a walk around Campbell's Cove in Sydney.DAN HIMBRECHTS / Today

The visit to Oz was Prince Harry’s first official trip, although he has toured the country before. He was last in Australia in 2003 during a “gap year” he took from school.

This time around, Captain Wales, as the prince is known in the British military, arrived on behalf of Britain and as a representative of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.










Take a look at Prince Harry’s life, from being cradled as a baby in the late Princess Diana’s arms to his recent charity work.

The Associated Press contributed reporting.