Prince Harry will be embedded with the Australian army in Darwin, Perth and Sydney during a four-week tour starting in April, with time out to attend the Anzac centenary in Gallipoli.
Kensington Palace has announced details of Harry’s trip to Australia and New Zealand after it was first leaked in the British media a fortnight ago.
The palace also confirmed the 30-year-old Apache helicopter pilot will quit the British armed forces in June following a decade of full-time military service, including two tours of duty in Afghanistan.
It’s not yet known what Harry will do next, with the prince stating “I am considering the options for the future”.
“Before leaving operational service, Prince Harry will spend four weeks in April and May seconded to the Australian Defence Force where he will be attached to various units to gain an appreciation of the Australian army’s domestic operating environment and capabilities,” Kensington Palace said in a statement.
“He is expected to spend time at army barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney where he will take part in a range of unit-based activities, training exercises and domestic deployments.”
During his attachment, the prince will travel to Gallipoli to represent the royal family at the Anzac Day dawn service along with his father, Prince Charles.
After his time with the ADF, Harry will undertake an official tour of New Zealand in May.
It will be the prince’s first visit to New Zealand. He’s previously visited Australia in 2003 on his gap year and in 2013 for the international fleet review.
“Spending time with the Australian Defence Force will be incredible and I know I will learn a lot,” said the prince, who is called Captain Harry Wales while on active duty.
ADF head Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin believes the Australian army has prepared a “challenging program” for the prince.
“Captain Wales’ embed with the Australian army is an extension of his regular British army duties,” he said in a statement.
“It will build on his previous experience with coalition forces along with his advocacy work with wounded, injured and ill service personnel.
“It is also an opportunity for Australian army personnel to learn from their British counterpart.”
After quitting the British military mid-year, the prince will travel to Africa where he’ll do volunteer conservation work.
He’ll then return to the UK and volunteer with the Ministry of Defence supporting wounded service personnel.
“Moving on from the army has been a really tough decision,” Harry said on Tuesday.
“(But) inevitably most good things come to an end and I am at a crossroads in my military career.
“I am considering the options for the future and I am really excited about the possibilities.”
Harry’s older brother, Prince William, quit the armed forces in September 2013 and will start his new civilian job as an air ambulance pilot mid-year following the birth of his second child, who is due in mid to late-April.