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Saturday, 14 September, 2002, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
New crest for Harry's birthday
Prince Harry
New photos of Harry were taken to mark his 18th
Prince Harry will get rather an unusual present when he turns 18 on Sunday - his own coat of arms.

The crest will also include an emblem from his mother Princess Diana's family arms, and has been approved by the Queen.

The prince's birthday will also be marked by the release of a series of photographs of him, taken by Diana's favourite photographer, Mario Testino.

Prince Harry has asked that any proceeds from the photographs go to Merlin, a little-known humanitarian charity.

Prince Harry's new coat of arms
Harry's crest includes motifs from the Spencer family arms

Harry's unique crest is based on one created for his older brother William on his 18th two years ago.

It features a lion and unicorn, either side of a shield, topped by a coronet and another smaller lion.

The family of the late Princess Diana, the Spencers, is reflected in the crest in the form of a small red escallop, which appears three times on white collars around the lions, unicorn and shield.

The motif also appeared on William's crest, in a change of convention ruling crest design.

Caught on camera

The official coming-of-age photographs of Harry show him in striking, personal poses likely to elevate him to a similar pin-up status as his Prince William.

Testino, a fashion photographer, said: "I think they really capture what I saw in him: a very well brought-up, nice guy. What you see in the pictures is how I saw him in real life.

"I brought a hairdresser along but Harry had already done his own hair.

"I was quite impressed how he got that look. We didn't turn him into that, that's how he arrived. We didn't change his look at all."

Testino's pictures show the teenage royal looking relaxed and confident in an unbuttoned shirt, while in another he is in a formal suit and tie, and in a third, wearing his Highgrove team polo shirt and casually perched on a fence.

Red-letter day

It is also a bit of a red-letter day for Merlin, a British charity that works with people affected by war and disease in the developing world.

Taking the proceeds of sales of the pictures of Harry could result in a windfall for the small charity.

Merlin chief executive, Geoff Prescott, said: "To have the support of the prince means a lot to everyone involved with Merlin and we hope he will continue to follow our progress as we celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2003."

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