The younger brother of Prince William, Prince Harry is traveling to Australia next month on what will be his first official visit.
The young Prince has taken a more prominent role as of late, leaving his partying image behind, for the most part, and staying out of the tabloids for his wild ways.
Harry will be officially representing his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, during the eight-day visit to celebrate the island nation’s navy.
The announcement was made by Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday. He stated that he looks forward to the 29-year-old Prince, who is fourth in line to the British throne, visiting for the festivities.
Australia is part of the Commonwealth and Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state.
“Australians have great warmth towards members of the royal family,” Abbott said in his statement. The newly installed premiere supports keeping the British monarch as Australia’s head of state.
Prince Harry, has been slowly assuming more prominent responsibilities as the son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and member of the Royal Army.
The royal trip was confirmed by Kensington Palace, which puts out news about Harry as well as his brother Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Australian Navy and the celebrations are sort of a “fleet week” type of event. There had been speculation that Harry would be the guest of honor for weeks.
Harry will take a salute in place of the Queen and preside over the display of 40 warships, 16 tall ships, and 8,000 sailors from all around the world which will be present for the special occasion.
This is the Prince’s first official visit, he was previously Down Under on his gap year, when he worked at an outback ranch.
Prince Harry is still working for the Army as a helicopter pilot and is currently getting ready to do a trek to the South Pole to help the charity Walking With The Wounded, for which he recently spent 24 hours in a cold chamber.