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Royal Baby: Prince Harry says his princess niece is 'absolutely beautiful' and 'I can't wait to meet her'

Published 03/05/2015 | 16:49

Prince Harry has described his new niece as "absolutely beautiful".

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Kensington Palace said the prince added: "I can't wait to meet her".

Harry (30) is currently on military duty in Australia, his last assignment before he resigns from the military service in the UK.

It's understood he will remain in Australia for another three weeks.

Britain's Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales, applies a bandage to Lieutenant Gerard Hinchliffe during Exercise Thunder Observer, a Joint Fire Team exercise with the 8th/12th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, held at Robertson Barracks in Darwin, Northern Territory in this picture dated April 15, 2015, and released by the Australia Department of Defence on April 18, 2015. REUTERS/CPL Oliver Carter/Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence/Handout
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES *** Local Caption *** His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales or Captain Harry Wales as he is known in the British Army is undertaking a short duration attachment with the Australian Army.
Captain Wales patrolled during Exercise Thunder Observer, a Joint Fire Team Exercise with the 8th/12th Medium Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. The 1st Brigade is one of the Australian Armys three multi-role combat brigades and consists of more than 3,400 civilian and military personnel. Based at Robertson Barracks, Palmerston and located around 20kms south of Darwin in the Northern Territory; the 1st Brigade is home to armoured, cavalry, aviation, artillery, infantry, engineer and combat services support battalions. During his attachment with the Australian Army, Captain Wales will be working and living alongside Army members in various units and regiments. He is expected to spend time at Army Barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney.
Britain's Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales, applies a bandage to Lieutenant Gerard Hinchliffe during Exercise Thunder Observer, a Joint Fire Team exercise with the 8th/12th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, held at Robertson Barracks in Darwin, Northern Territory in this picture dated April 15, 2015, and released by the Australia Department of Defence on April 18, 2015. REUTERS/CPL Oliver Carter/Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence/Handout ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES *** Local Caption *** His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales or Captain Harry Wales as he is known in the British Army is undertaking a short duration attachment with the Australian Army. Captain Wales patrolled during Exercise Thunder Observer, a Joint Fire Team Exercise with the 8th/12th Medium Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. The 1st Brigade is one of the Australian Armys three multi-role combat brigades and consists of more than 3,400 civilian and military personnel. Based at Robertson Barracks, Palmerston and located around 20kms south of Darwin in the Northern Territory; the 1st Brigade is home to armoured, cavalry, aviation, artillery, infantry, engineer and combat services support battalions. During his attachment with the Australian Army, Captain Wales will be working and living alongside Army members in various units and regiments. He is expected to spend time at Army Barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney.
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Britain's Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales, dodges a tackle from Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Brigade, Warrant Officer Class One David Allen during a game of wheelchair AFL at the Soldier Recover Centre, Robertson Barracks in Darwin, Northern Territory, in a picture handed out by the Australian Department of Defence April 18, 2015. REUTERS/CPL Oliver Carter/Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence/Handout ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. *** Local Caption *** His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales or Captain Harry Wales as he is known in the British Army is undertaking a short duration attachment with the Australian Army. During his time with the 1st Brigade, Captain Wales joined both the wounded injured and ill Army members of the Soldier Recovery Centre; as well as other members of the 1st Brigade, for a game of wheelchair AFL (Australian Football League) The 1st Brigade is one of the Australian Armys three multi-role combat brigades and consists of more than 3,400 civilian and military personnel. Based at Robertson Barracks, Palmerston and located around 20kms south of Darwin in the Northern Territory; the 1st Brigade is home to armoured, cavalry, aviation, artillery, infantry, engineer and combat services support battalions. During his attachment with the Australian Army, Captain Wales will be working and living alongside Army members in various units and regiments. He is expected to spend time at Army Barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney.
EMBARGOED TO 1700 BST SATURDAY APRIL 18 Australian Defence Force undated handout photo of Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales in the British Army, plays with local children during a visit to the Wuggubun community, with members of the Australian Army's North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) in the Kununurra region of Western Australia, while on attachment with the Australian Army. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday April 18, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: CPL Oliver Carter/Australian Defence Force /PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. *** Local Caption *** His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales or Captain Harry Wales as he is known in the British Army is undertaking a short duration attachment with the Australian Army. Captain Wales has spent a few days with members of the Australian Armys North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) in the Kununurra region of Western Australia. While in location, Captain Wales met with locals of the Wuggubun community, 470 kilometres southwest of Darwin. Captain Wales was briefed on NORFORCEs operations and received his orders before he headed out on a NORFORCE patrol. While on patrol, Captain Wales undertook survival lessons and spent time engaging with elders and children of the Indigenous community. NORFORCE is an Australian Army infantry regiment and one of three Regional Force Surveillance Units (RFSUs) employed to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance in remote areas of Northern Australia. NORFORCEs area of operations covers 1.8 million square kilometres, encompassing the entire Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of Western Australia; the largest of any military unit in the world today. During his attachment with the Australian Army, Captain Wales will be working and living alongside Army members in various units and regiments. He is expected to spend time at Army Barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney.
Britain's Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales, shakes hands with Russel Smith during a visit to the Wuggubun community, Western Australia in a picture dated April 9, 2015 and handed out by the Australian Department of Defence April 18, 2015. REUTERS/CPL Oliver Carter/Commonwealth of Australia/Department of Defence/Handout ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. *** Local Caption *** His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales or Captain Harry Wales as he is known in the British Army is undertaking a short duration attachment with the Australian Army. Captain Wales has spent a few days with members of the Australian Armys North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) in the Kununurra region of Western Australia. While in location, Captain Wales met with locals of the Wuggubun community, 470 kilometres southwest of Darwin. Captain Wales was briefed on NORFORCEs operations and received his orders before he headed out on a NORFORCE patrol. While on patrol, Captain Wales undertook survival lessons and spent time engaging with elders and children of the Indigenous community. NORFORCE is an Australian Army infantry regiment and one of three Regional Force Surveillance Units (RFSUs) employed to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance in remote areas of Northern Australia. NORFORCEs area of operations covers 1.8 million square kilometres, encompassing the entire Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of Western Australia; the largest of any military unit in the world today. During his attachment with the Australian Army, Captain Wales will be working and living alongside Army members in various units and regiments. He is expected to spend time at Army Barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney.
Australian Defence Force undated handout photo of Prince Harry

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Harry was one of the first members of the royal family to be informed of his niece's birth.

The Princess of Cambridge - as she has been dubbed until her parents make her name public - made her arrival just after 8.30am yesterday morning.

She was born to mum Kate Middleton at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Maternity Hospital in London. Her father, Prince William, was by her mother's side.

Princess of Cambridge in the arms of her mother the Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Princess of Cambridge in the arms of her mother the Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R), kisses his son Prince George of Cambridge as they return to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 where his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their second child, a baby girl, earlier in the day. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter weighing 8lbs 3oz, Kensington Palace announced. The newly-born Princess of Cambridge is fourth in line to the British throne. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London with their newborn daughter, the Princess of Cambridge
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R), holds his son Prince George of Cambridge as they return to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 where his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their second child, a baby girl, earlier in the day. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter weighing 8lbs 3oz, Kensington Palace announced. The newly-born Princess of Cambridge is fourth in line to the British throne. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London with their newborn daughter, the Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015.
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R), kisses his son Prince George of Cambridge as they return to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 where his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their second child, a baby girl, earlier in the day. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter weighing 8lbs 3oz, Kensington Palace announced. The newly-born Princess of Cambridge is fourth in line to the British throne. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R), and his son Prince George of Cambridge wave as they return to the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in central London, on May 2, 2015 where his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to their second child, a baby girl, earlier in the day. The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter weighing 8lbs 3oz, Kensington Palace announced. The newly-born Princess of Cambridge is fourth in line to the British throne. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Just after 6pm yesterday when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London to present their daughter, Britain’s new princess, fourth in line to the throne
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn daughter The Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London with their newborn daughter, the Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn daughter The Princess of Cambridge. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 2, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

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Her big brother - Prince George (22 months) - met his little sister for the first time in the hospital yesterday afternoon.

Kate was admitted to the hospital at 6am yesterday and gave birth just two and a half hours later.

At 6.10pm yesterday evening - just over 12 hours since she was admitted - she left the hospital and showed the beautiful baby princess to the world.

Kate, William, George and the baby girl spent their first night together as a family last night in Kensington Palace.

 

Today, Kate's parents, Carole and Michael, her sister Pippa, and William's father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited the palace and met the baby girl for the first time.

Earlier this afternoon, Kensington Palace tweeted on their official account that Kate and William are "hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations from around the world.

"It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter."

Read more here: #WelcomeToTheFamily - Royal household officially welcomes newborn princess on Twitter  

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