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Britain's Prince Harry's first official visit to Australia

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Britain's Prince Harry's first official visit to Australia


Britain’s Prince Harry sailed through Sydney Harbour aboard a navy ship on Saturday for the International Fleet Review, his first official visit to Australia.

The review is essentially a parade of ships commemorating the arrival of the original Royal Australian Navy fleet a century ago.

Australia’s first navy fleet of seven cruisers and destroyers entered Sydney’s harbour for the first time on October 4, 1913.

Following a 100-gun salute Australian Governor, General Quentin Bryce, joined Harry on board the HMAS Leeuwin to officially review the ships.

Thousands of people crowded the shoreline to catch a glimpse of royalty as ‘Harry Fever’ hit Australia.

About 40 warships, 16 tall ships and 8,000 sailors participated in this weekend’s celebrations.

Warships from the US, China, Britain, Brunei, Micronesia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Spain, Thailand and Tonga took part.

More than seven tons of fireworks exploded into the night sky for a firework and light spectacular which is thought to have attracted 1.4 million spectators.

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