Mobbed in Oz! It's Harrymania in Sydney as dashing Prince is besieged by adoring crowds on royal visit

  • Prince Harry was greeted by tens of thousands of fans in Sydney 
  • He attended the International Fleet Review involving 40 warships
  • And then he went on walkabout where he was greeted by screaming fans
  • One newspaper warned Australian prime minister to 'lock up his daughters'
  • Staunch monarchist PM Tony Abbott apologised for republican movement

By Lizzie Edmonds and Grant Hodgson

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Prince Harry was mobbed by tens of thousands of adoring fans on Sydney’s famous harbour as he began his first official visit of Australia yesterday.

Screams greeted the Prince as he went on a walkabout among the excited crowds after officially attending the International Fleet Review, which involved 40 warships from 17 nations.

Despite being in Australia to represent the Queen, Harry’s party-loving reputation preceded him, as one national newspaper warned the country’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, to ‘lock up his daughters’.

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Adulation: Tens of thousands of screaming fans turned out to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry

Adulation: Tens of thousands of screaming fans turned out to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry

Joking about: Prince Harry is greeted by members of the public during the 2013 International Fleet Review in Australia

Joking about: Prince Harry is greeted by members of the public during the 2013 International Fleet Review

Warm welcome: Harry shakes hands with scores of adoring fans, who take photographs of the Prince with their camera phones

Warm welcome: Harry shakes hands with scores of adoring fans in the Campbell's Cove area of the city

Fans of all aged: Harry jokes with a toddler held by its mother at the very front of the large crowds on Sydney's waterfront

Fans of all ages: Harry jokes with a toddler held by its mother at the front of the crowd

Another described the Prince as the ‘most desirable ginger in the cosmos’.

Despite a 20-hour flight from the UK, Harry showed no sign of jet lag as he boarded the Australian Navy’s survey ship HMAS Leeuwin.

 

The Prince was dressed in a white Army tropical uniform with the sky-blue beret of Army Air Corps.

Harry was joined on board the Leeuwin by Mr Abbott, and Governor-General Quentin Bryce, the Queen’s representative in Australia.

Britain's Prince Harry speaks to the media at Sydney Airport before departing for Perth, in Australia
Britain's Prince Harry walks along the tarmac at Sydney Airport in Australia

Australian trip: Prince Harry speaks to the media (left) and walks along the tarmac (right) at Sydney Airport before departing for Perth

Talks: Prince Harry (left) speaks with Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (right) at Sydney Airport today

Talks: Prince Harry (left) speaks with Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (right) at Sydney Airport today

Britain's Prince Harry speaks to the media at Sydney Airport
Prince Harry points towards his police escort at Sydney Airport

Visit: Prince Harry speaks to the media (left) and points towards his police escort (right) at Sydney Airport

Shaking hands: Prince Harry (left) greets PM Tony Abbott at Sydney Airport before departing for Perth

Shaking hands: Prince Harry (left) greets PM Tony Abbott at Sydney Airport before departing for Perth

Cheers: Prince Harry thanks the police officers who escorted him to Sydney Airport before departing for Perth

Cheers: Prince Harry thanks the police officers who escorted him to Sydney Airport before departing for Perth

Greetings: Prince Harry meets with West Australian Premier Colin Barnett and his wife Lyn after arriving in Perth

Greetings: Prince Harry meets with West Australian Premier Colin Barnett and his wife Lyn after arriving in Perth

Walking: Prince Harry arrives at Perth Airport with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and is greeted by West Australian Premier Colin Barnett

Walking: Prince Harry arrives at Perth Airport with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and is greeted by West Australian Premier Colin Barnett

Driven off: Prince Harry gets into a car at Perth Airport in Australia, as a security officer opens the door for him

Driven off: Prince Harry gets into a car at Perth Airport in Australia, as a security officer opens the door for him

As Harry sailed past the Sydney Opera House, tens of thousands of spectators roared at him.

Later, he changed into a navy blue suit for a walkabout among the  adoring crowds. Among them was student Lauren Burke, 22, who resembled Harry’s girlfriend Cressida Bonas, 24.

She said: ‘I tried my best to flirt with him but it was quite formal and he was well behaved. I told him if he ever wanted to look around Sydney, I would be his guide. He smiled and laughed.’

Another onlooker, trainee medic Renee Simmons, 21, described Harry as ‘gorgeous’, adding: ‘I’m in love. He wears a uniform very well.’

'Perfect gentleman': Lauren Burke, 22, left was weak at the knees when Harry picked up her mother Therese's hat while they stood in the crowd

'Perfect gentleman': Lauren Burke, 22, left was weak at the knees when Harry picked up her mother Therese's hat while they stood in the crowd

For the cameras: Harry poses for a photograph with a member of the public holding a small koala cuddly toy

For the cameras: Harry poses for a photograph with a member of the public holding a small koala cuddly toy

Snap happy: The public, holding cameras and smartphones, crowd around the Prince to take his photograph

Snap happy: The public, holding cameras and smartphones, crowd around the Prince to take his photograph

Good to meet you! Prince Harry shakes hands with a small boy during his first official tour of the country

Good to meet you! Prince Harry shakes hands with a small boy during his first official tour of the country

Crowded: A wave of people pack the foreshore to view the fleet of ships

Crowded: A wave of people pack the foreshore to view the fleet of ships from 17 countries

Fans: Crowds gather to catch a glimpse of the Prince, who is representing the Queen at the International Fleet Review

Fans: Crowds gather to catch a glimpse of the Prince, who is representing the Queen during his visit

All aboard: The Prince boards a small boat to cross the harbour for the reception at Kirribilli House, on the north side of the bay

All aboard: The Prince boards a small boat to cross the harbour for a reception at Kirribilli House, on the north side of the bay with the country's Prime Minister Tony Abbott

...... and why are the Aussies so nervous about HRH being with the PM's girls?

The Prince then made his way across the harbour by boat to Kirribilli House, the official residence of the Australian prime minister.

He posed for photographs with Mr Abbott, his wife Margie and their daughters, Frances, 22, and Bridget, 20 – who the politician had described as ‘not bad looking’ during the recent election campaign.

Mr Abbott, a staunch monarchist, apologised to Harry for his nation’s strong republican movement, saying: ‘I regret to say that not every Australian is a monarchist, but today everyone feels like a monarchist.’

THE press had warned him to ‘lock up his daughters’ – but Mr Abbott was more than happy to introduce Prince Harry to Bridget, 20, Frances, 22, and his wife Margie at his official residence.

In action: Prince Harry stands and salutes as he arrives at Garden Island in Sydney

In action: Prince Harry stands and salutes as he arrives at Garden Island in Sydney

All smiled: Harry grins for photographers onboard the HMAS Leeuwin during the celebrations

All smiles: Harry grins for photographers onboard the HMAS Leeuwin during the celebrations

Visit: Harry and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott view Sydney Harbour during the Fleet Review

Visit: Harry and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott view Sydney Harbour during the Fleet Review

Official: Prince Harry and Governor-General Quentin Bryce pose onboard the HMAS Leeuwin

Official: Prince Harry and Governor-General Quentin Bryce pose onboard the HMAS Leeuwin

The fleet review climaxed with a stunning fireworks display over Sydney Harbour Bridge seen by an estimated million spectators.

He described his Sydney experience as ‘absolutely fantastic’ before boarding Mr Abbott's jet today to fly to the west coast city of Perth.

‘It's just ... really sad that we're leaving,’ the 29-year-old royal told reporters before boarding the jet. ‘Work - just can't get the time off work nowadays.’

‘The next time I come back you're going to be struggling to get rid of me, I'm sure,’ he added.

Meeting the family: Harry is introduced by Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott to his daughter Bridget, second left, as his wife Margie, centre, and daughter Francis, left, look on

Meeting the family: Harry is introduced by Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott to his daughter Bridget, second left, as his wife Margie, centre, and daughter Francis, left, look on

Keep to get a glimpse: Crowds wait for the prince at Kirribilli House, where a reception was held for the prince

Keep to get a glimpse: Crowds wait for the prince at Kirribilli House, where a reception was held for the prince

Meeting fans: The Prince shakes hands with the gathering crowds outside the Prime Minister's residence

Meeting fans: The Prince shakes hands with the gathering crowds outside the Prime Minister's residence

Magical: Harry watched a light show and massive fireworks display over the harbor on Saturday night from Kirribilli House while attending the reception

Magical: The day came to a close with a light show and massive fireworks display over the harbour

Incredible: The show, which saw more than 7 metric tons (7.7 tons) of fireworks used, was expected to draw 1.4 million spectators

Incredible: The show, which saw more than 7 metric tons (7.7 tons) of fireworks used, was expected to draw 1.4 million spectators

Magnificent: Fireworks explode as the Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Sydney sits underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Magnificent: Fireworks explode as the Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Sydney sits underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Spectacular: The Prince watched the amazing display from the reception at Kirribilli House

Spectacular: The Prince watched the amazing display from the reception at Kirribilli House

Lit up: The Sydney Opera House looks magnificent during the display

Lit up: The Sydney Opera House looks magnificent during the display

Western Australia state Premier Colin Barnett, who greeted Harry in Perth, said the fourth in line to the throne explained that he had to be home in a few days.

‘He said it was a short visit because he had to be back to work on Thursday,’ Mr Barnett told reporters.

He is then heading to Dubai on Monday for a gala dinner for his charity Sentebale.

Prince Harry last visited Australia in 2003 during his gap year, when he worked on a ranch in the outback.