Britain's Prince Harry in Australia for army stint

SYDNEY (AFP) - Britain's Prince Harry arrived in Canberra on Monday ahead of a one-month attachment with the Australian Army, as he moves towards his retirement from the British military.

The 30-year-old touched down in Sydney from where he boarded a flight for the national capital, where dozens of well-wishers were hoping to catch a glimpse of the prince.

Prince Harry is expected to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial before reporting for duty at Australian Defence Force (ADF) headquarters.

Captain Wales, as he is known in the British Army, is expected to take part in bush patrols, work with an indigenous regiment and possibly fly helicopters during the embed.

"Prince Harry is tremendously looking forward to starting his four-week attachment with the ADF," a spokesman for the prince told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Prince Harry, who will become fifth in line to the throne by the upcoming birth of his brother Prince William's second child, will be embedded with Australian army units and regiments in Sydney, Darwin and Perth.

"He is expected to take part in a range of unit-based activities and training exercises," the ADF said in a statement announcing his arrival last week.

"These will include urban training exercises, regional bush patrols, flight simulation and aviation activities, joint fire exercises and indigenous engagement activities.

"Captain Wales will also take part in routine activities, such as physical training, first aid training and pack marches."

Monday's events in Canberra are expected to be his only public appearance in Australia.

Prince Harry will also travel to Turkey later this month for the Anzac Day dawn service at Gallipoli to mark the centenary since that World War I campaign.