Prince Harry jokes around with red-headed supporter in Australia

Among the hundreds of adoring well-wishers who had gathered to greet Prince Harry as he touched down in Australia, was one very special fan. Ethan Toscan, 12, a red head like the Queen's grandson, was waiting for him with a welcome sign in Canberra. The notice which he spent two hours making said: "Red Heads Rule!"


Prince Harry pretends to be dismayed by the welcome sign in Australia

At first the royal ginger, who is Down Under for a military secondment, didn't see the sign. It was only when shouts and cheers from the crowds directed his attention to Ethan that Harry strolled over to him. Initially he pretended to be dismayed and pulled a funny face, before giving the youngster a handshake and a high five.

"He said that I was fabulous in making the sign and it's awesome to be a redhead," Ethan told AAP.

"I'm over the moon - it's just wow! I got to shake his hand!"

Ethan Toscan spent two hours making the sign for Prince Harry

The engagement at the Australian War Memorial was Harry's only public appearance during the four weeks in Oz. he will spend on secondment with the Australian Defence Force before ending his military career for good following a decade of service.

He made every second count on Monday, shaking countless hands, gurgling at babies and even letting one elderly woman give him a kiss on the cheek.

It was the Prince's only public appearance during his military secondment Down Under

Wearing the white tropical uniform of the British Army, the soldier Prince then went inside to pay his respects, pausing at the Pool of Reflection, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and the Remembrance Wall.

Captain Wales, as he is known in the Army, gave a salute to the strains of the Last Post before laying a wreath of flowers to honour the war dead from Gallipoli to the conflict in Afghanistan.

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