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04 NEWS SUNDAY MARCH 1 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Darwin likely place for Prince Harrys Oz stint Fun-loving Harry is rumoured to be coming to Australia on secondment to the Defence Force prior to ending his military career to concentrate on other interests Picture: AFP PRINCE Harry could be Darwin-bound for a stint with our troops as part of a short secondment to the Australian Defence Force before calling time on his military career. The 30-year-old has reportedly been thinking for some time about a career change to concentrate on his charity work, including working with wounded veterans integrating back into society and conservation projects in Africa. A spokesman for Kensington Palace would neither confirm nor deny the reports about the princes future career path and secondment to the ADF which apparently could be early as next month. The ADF would normally receive a document called an HRH brief warning of a royal visit, but it has not been issued. As an Apache attack helicopter pilot, some say that his most likely destination would be Darwin, where the armys Eurocopter Aussie Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters are based. He would need to undertake a conversion course to be able to fly the Tiger, should the rumours prove correct. That is probably where the prince would go, a Defence source said. Chief Minister Adam Giles said the Territory would happily accept the fun-loving prince should he choose to visit Darwin. Darwin is a great spot for a young bloke who doesnt mind a cold beer on a hot day, Mr Giles said. Where else can you swim with a crocodile and get a cold pint of real beer within 50m. Weve also heard hes pretty keen on pulling a metrey barra at Shady Camp. Lucky that we kept that possibility alive when we announced our new fishing restrictions on Friday. Prince Harry could also be based at Townsville with the 5th Aviation Regiment flying Blackhawk helicopters or the new Eurocopter MRH90 multi-role machines. But others believe Harrys preferred destination is Perth, where after a flying visit to the home of the SAS troops at the Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne two years ago, he vowed to return. A keen surfer, the attraction of Perths beaches are also believed to be a drawcard. He has previously grilled the WA Premier Colin Barnett on the best surfing spots to go to in the state. After visiting Australia in 2011, he flew to Perth on board the Prime Ministers VIP aircraft to meet the SAS troops. At the time, he vowed to return. He met past and present members of the SAS unit and joined the families of fallen SAS members who had been killed in the line of duty. The next time I come back you will be struggling to get rid of me, I am sure, he said. By CHARLES MIRANDA and IAN MCPHEDRAN ROYAL VISITS 1884: The 7th Duke of Manchester, William Drogo Montagu, toured the Territory. 1898: The Earl and Countess of Jersey visits. 1956: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visited the NT. 1963: Queen Elizabeth II visits with Prince Philip. 1968: Prince Philip returns. 1969: The Duke and Duchess of Kent visited Darwin as part of a 25-day Australian tour in August. 1972: Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden came to Darwin in October. 1974: The Queen and Prince Philip returned to Darwin. 1975: Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips visited Darwin to see the damage from Cyclone Tracy. 1977: The Queen and Prince Philip returned as part of a 23-day Australian tour. Their son Charles, the Prince of Wales came in November the same year. 1982: The Queen and Prince Philip returned for the XII Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. The pair opened the new Navy base. 1983: The Prince and Princess of Wales, Charles and Diana, and their son Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, visited Alice Springs, Yulara and Uluru. 1988: Charles and Diana return as part of Australias bicentenary celebrations. 1998: Prince Philip visited with the Duke of Westminster to officially open the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth. 2000: The Queen and Prince Philips last visit to the Territory. 2005: Prince Charles visited Alice Springs. 2014: Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge visited Uluru. Forget the rest, Territory has everything a prince could need HARRY Mountbatten-Windsor would be a friggin fair dinkum drongo pelican if he went to Queensland or WA instead of kicking back in the sweet, sweet Territory. If he did, he should be defrocked or stripped of his princehood or have his gold taxpayer-funded credit card cancelled, or whatever they do in moments of great shame in the royal family. At the very least he should cop a nasty wedgie. The ranga prince could reportedly be Darwin-bound for a stint with Australian troops. It makes sense to be here. Hed just have to keep his mouth shut, keep his nose clean and he would be a fair chance at being chief minister next August. Or, the very least the Administrator just speed dial his nana if we wanted to sack the government. And if he was struggling on a military wage, with his helicopter flying experience he could get a cash job as a tourist helicopter pilot. Then he could kick back in Bali for a methanol cocktail. As for choosing WA over the Territory, we give you two words: Gina Bloody Rinehart. The state that produced the foreign labour queen has never even wanted to be part of Australia anyway. And Queensland? While the name probably has appeal for him it is not a state you can take seriously. A state that big with that large a population and still with an inferiority to piss ant states, NSW and Victoria? Please. 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