Prince Harry to visit New Zealand in May

Prince Harry will make his first visit to New Zealand on May 9, it's been revealed.

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Prince Harry

Britain's Prince Harry will make his first visit to New Zealand on May 9.

The 30-year-old royal, who recently announced his plan to quit the Armed Forces, will head to the country following a four-week secondment with the Australian Defence Force.

Specific details of the visit are still being worked out, with dates and regions to be visited set to be revealed closer to the time of his trip.

Earlier this month, the prince said he is currently "considering the options for the future", after leaving the army.

In a statement, Kensington Palace said: "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."

In recent days, it has been speculated that Prince Harry will looked to relocate to Australia, where he spent time working as a jackaroo at a cattle station in Queensland in 2003.

A friend said: "I wouldn't be surprised if Harry spent longer in Australia. He'll be living and mixing with Australians, working with the Australian Defence Force and will get a good look at life out there.

"If he can find a function out there, perhaps some kind of charity military tie-up, that would work. He's discussed it with friends and colleagues and they say he'll like it there."

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