06/10/2013 12:15 BST | Updated 06/10/2013 13:13 BST

Prince Harry Charms Australia (PICTURES)


Prince Harry glided through Sydney's sun-drenched harbour aboard a navy ship on Saturday, as thousands of people crowded to catch a glimpse of royalty and celebrate the centenary of the fledgling Australian navy fleet's first arrival to the famed waterway.

The prince, dressed in a crisp white uniform, coasted past the Opera House on board the Australian navy's HMAS Leeuwin, one of dozens of warships from 17 nations in Sydney this weekend for the International Fleet Review. The review, essentially a parade of ships, commemorates the arrival of the original Royal Australian Navy fleet a century ago.

Harry is in Australia's largest city for just one day as part of a quick trip Down Under. Later on Saturday, he greeted the public before attending a reception with Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Kirribilli House, Abbott's official residence in Sydney. The prince flew to the Western Australia capital, Perth, on Sunday morning for a brief visit before he leaving the country.


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The Telegraph reports that the prince made quite an impression on the Prime Minister's daughters, Bridget and Frances.

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

About 40 warships, 16 tall ships and 8,000 sailors are participating in this weekend's celebrations, which will feature a light show and massive fireworks display over the harbor Saturday night. The event is expected to draw 1.4 million spectators.

Following a 100-gun salute, Governor-General Quentin Bryce, who represents Australia's head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, joined Harry on board the Leeuwin to officially review the ships.

The participating warships are from the U.S., China, Britain, Brunei, Micronesia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Spain, Thailand and Tonga.

Harry's trip to Australia marks his first official visit representing the Queen.

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