Dashing Prince Harry arrived in the Bahamas yesterday to represent his grandmother for the first time - and left with a new legion of female followers.
Harry, 27, was greeted by cheers and screams as he conducted his first engagement wearing the No. 1 Tropical Dress of The Blues and Royals, the first time that he has worn the uniform in public.
Although he is attached to the Army Air Corps, with whom he recently qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot, the prince is still officially a member of the Household Cavalry regiment.
The prince's uniform was made up of a white tunic and lightweight blue twill trousers with the cavalry's distinctive red stripe down the side. Instead of a forage cap, however, he was wearing the light blue beret of the Army Air Corps.
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In a speech delivered later in the day, Harry delivered a message from the Queen to the people of the Bahamas.
He said: 'I stand before you with a deep sense of pride at being asked to convey to you a message of good wishes from The Queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
'The Bahamas holds a special place in Her Majesty’s heart. Her love for this realm and you, the Bahamian people, stretches back over the decades, right to that first visit in 1966.'
He concluded: 'I am greatly looking forward to the next 24 hours and the chance to explore and meet more of the people of these stunning islands. I hope, for me, that this is the first of many visits.
'I’ll certainly be showing off about it to my brother and sister-in-law when I return home.
'If I may, I would like to conclude by quoting back at you your own motto, which so encapsulates The Queen’s extraordinary life-long commitment to service and community: ‘Forward, Upward, Onward, Together.’
As he left Harry conducted a brief walkabout shaking hands and high fiving wellwishers.
The prince is currently on his first week-long foreign tour on behalf of The Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
His trip began in Belize last Friday and moves onto Jamaica later this week.
As the service ended he took to the streets to greet hundreds of members of the public waiting outside the cathedral.
Later he was due to take to the seas in a maritime exercise organised by the Royal Bahamian Defence Force which also gave him the chance to view Windermere, the island visited by his parents in 1982 on their ‘second honeymoon’.
He was visiting the picturesque mile-long island as part of his whistle-stop tour of the region to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
He arrived on a Royal Bahamian Defence Force 'go fast' boat after taking part in a maritime security exercise.
The islanders were clearly delighted to see Harry, but visibly disappointed when it turned out that his convoy would not be stopping for him to talk to locals as planned.
'He don’t want to leave,' shouted Kippy Johnson, 30, as the Prince got back on his boat. 'They are rushing him, man.'
He said after the Prince left: 'It’s shocking. He just got on the golf cart for a two minute drive round the block. It’s too short for someone like him coming to Harbour Island for the first time.
'He is cool. He is awesome. But I wish we had him for longer.'
The Bahamas is a commonwealth nation of more than 3,000 islands, cays, and islets situated in the Atlantic Ocean just north of Cuba and 200 miles south of Florida.
It became a Crown Colony in 1718 when the British moved into the region to clamp down on piracy.