International Fleet

Prince Harry Joins Navy Fleet Review Celebration in Sydney

Prince Harry attends the International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour

Prince Harry has begun his first official trip to Australia by joining centenary celebrations to mark its navy’s arrival at Sydney Harbour.

He was greeted by huge crowds as he embarked on survey ship HMAS Leeuwin at the city’s Garden Island naval base, before inspecting the flotilla.

The International Fleet Review involves some 40 warships from 17 countries.

The event is the only scheduled public appearance for the prince, who is representing the Queen.

A 100-gun salute marked the start of the celebrations, and Prince Harry was joined by Australia’s Governor-General Quentin Bryce on board the Leeuwin to officially review the fleet.

Some 16 tall ships and 8,000 sailors from around the world have been taking part in the event, with warships from countries including the US, China, France and India. Britain sent one of its largest ships, the Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring, to represent the Royal Navy.

An estimated 1.4 million spectators were expected to line the banks of Sydney harbour for the celebrations, which finished with a light show and display involving 7.7 tonnes of fireworks.


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