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Line up, aspiring princesses. The royal ginger party boy is heading Down Under.

But Australia's would-be regal consorts will have to be quick, with Prince Harry's first official visit rumoured to last only a few days and take him the full breadth of the country.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed the popular 29-year-old royal will visit Australia in October, representing the Queen.

Precise details of the trip have not been revealed, but the British media is rife with speculation about Prince Harry's itinerary.

Captain Wales - as he is known in the British Army, where he works as an Apache helicopter pilot - is due in Sydney on October 5, according to British tabloids.

The fourth-in-line to the British throne will join Mr Abbott and Governor-General Quentin Bryce on the harbour to inspect some 40 warships gathered from around the globe as part of the International Fleet Review.

The event marks the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's fleet into Sydney harbour.

The prince is due to watch events from aboard RAN survey vessel HMAS Leeuwin, before a reception at Kirribilli House, the prime minister's Sydney residence.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says he is delighted Prince Harry will be part of the naval celebrations.

"Every royal visit attracts enormous excitement and I'm sure Sydneysiders will embrace Prince Harry during his short stay," Mr O'Farrell said in a statement today.

"Prince Harry has forged a distinguished military career in his own right, so it's fitting he'll officiate in centenary celebrations for the Royal Australian Navy."

It may also be a chance for the prince to catch up briefly with old friends.

Prince Harry spent time in Australia in 2003 during his gap year, working as a jackaroo at a Queensland cattle station and taking the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine state's beaches.

During his forthcoming visit it is understood Prince Harry will also be touching down in Perth, most likely on his way to the Middle East.

On October 7 the prince is due to be special guest at a charity dinner in Dubai, raising money for a fund he helped to launch that supports vulnerable children and youth living with HIV/AIDS.

The prince, often touted as the world's most eligible bachelor, attracts a swarm of female admirers wherever he goes.

His affections are the topic of daily newspaper articles and online speculation, and in recent times magazines have matched him with Cressida Bonas, a 24-year-old British aspiring actress.

Bonas also spent a gap year in Sydney, where she worked in restaurants and cafes.

Harry's trip to Australia comes amid widespread speculation that his older brother Prince William, along with wife Catherine and son Prince George, might head Down Under in 2014.


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