SYDNEY – Prince Harry, who recently resigned his commission in the British army, arrived in Australia on Monday to serve a month with the Australian army, local media reported.
Captain Wales, as he is known in the army, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial in the only scheduled public event of his visit before reporting for duty to Australian Defence Force (ADF) chief Mark Binskin, local broadcaster ABC said.
Prince Harry, fourth in line to the throne, will work alongside Special Air Service soldiers in Perth and indigenous soldiers in northern Australia.
He may also fly helicopters in Sydney if he completes the required military qualifications.
“Prince Harry is tremendously looking forward to starting his four-week attachment with the ADF,” said a spokesperson for the prince in statements reported by ABC.
Prince Harry’s trip to Australia will be briefly interrupted when he travels to Gallipoli to accompany his father, Prince Charles, at Anzac Day commemorations.
After his trip to Australia, the prince will head to Africa, where he has previously undertaken voluntary work.
Following the announcement of his exit from the British army, the prince said, “I am considering the options for the future and I am really excited about the possibilities.”