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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 November, 2003, 08:09 GMT
Jackeroo prince rounds up cattle
Prince Harry
Harry will leave the Australian heat for a family Christmas in the UK
Prince Harry has demonstrated his "jackeroo" skills by rounding up cattle on an Australian farm.

The prince rode with five other cattle-hands on the 40,000-acre Tooloombilla station, southern Queensland.

He said he had learnt a lot during his two months on the farm and described Australia as "a great country."

Media were allowed to film and photograph the 19-year-old prince as he rode a horse called Guardsman and posed on Thursday.

Harry, wearing an open neck blue shirt, jeans and brown Akubra hat, looked relaxed as he guided the herd of 30 Short Horn and Short Horn Charolais cattle around part of property.

He rode his chestnut-coloured horse alongside the steers as they were brought in from the outer reaches of the property, and at one stage galloped ahead to open the cattle pen.

I have had a great time working out here, meeting people and learning a bit about how to be a jackeroo and, of course, the rugby was absolutely fantastic
Prince Harry

He laughed and joked with the other station workers before dismounting and posing for photographers.

During his stay he has learnt how to handle cattle, repair damaged fencing and general farm maintenance - basic skills for a jackeroo.

A short statement from him said: "I have had a great time working out here, meeting people and learning a bit about how to be a jackeroo and, of course, the rugby was absolutely fantastic.

"It's a great country."

Prince Harry followed the England rugby team's victorious progress in the recent World Cup, held in Australia.

Working day

The mid-morning temperature soared to around 30C, but this did not appear to bother the young prince.

His normal working day at the station begins at around 0730 and runs through to around 1800 with a two-hour lunch-break when the Australian heat is at its most fierce.

The cattle station is owned by Annie Hill, a friend of Harry's late mother, Diana, and Noel Hill, a son of millionaire polo star Sinclair Hill, who has coached Prince Charles.

Earlier this week former royal butler Paul Burrell, who is Australia publicising his book, said he would like to meet with Harry while they are in the same country.

Referring to Mr Burrell's comments, a Palace spokeswoman said: "There are no plans for a meeting to take place while Harry is in Australia.

"If anything was to take place it would involve both he and William."

Harry plans to remain in Australia for a few weeks but will return to the UK to be with his family at Christmas.

The BBC's Michael Peschardt
"The rugby world cup now over, Prince Harry is now back at his real job in Australia"


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