The Duke of Sussex jokingly said that being an expert in discovering the plates "works in the family" when he dedicated the Forests of K & # 39; Gari to the canopy of the Commonwealth of the Queen during his tour of Australia.
Harry, without the pregnant wife Meghan, was greeted by the village of Butchulla and participated in the traditional Welcome to Country smoking ceremony on Fraser Island, which has the traditional name of K & # 39; Gari.
Aaron Henderson and Darren Blake drew smoke from a burning paper bark bucket and blue rubber blades towards him, while singer Fred Bulanyu Leone called his ancestors and took advantage of the rhythm with a pair of bar gan – & # 39; murderous boomerangs & # 39; – traditionally used for hunting.
The Duke of Sussex is represented today with members of the people of Butchulla, who are the traditional owners of Fraser Island
The Duke of Sussex poses for a photograph with the tribe of K & # 39; Gari at the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy in Australia today
Prince Harry meets children on the Fraser Island of Queensland, which traditional landowners call K & # 39; gari, which means paradise.
The Duke met the young people when he marked the dedication of the forest to the initiative of the Queen of the Commonwealth Canopy
The Duke began his brief visit to Queensland with Meghan and headed to the pristine tropical forest of Fraser Island.
Prince Harry saw a traditional dance after attending a smoking ceremony Welcome to Country on the island
The Duke was there to mark the dedication of the forest to the Canopy Initiative of the Commonwealth of the Queen, a growing area of protected forests in the 53 member states of the organization.
He stared in amazement at the 1,000-year-old Satinay trees as they carried him into the forest to a clearing around a sacred tree of the Spirit. Butchulla Land and Sea Ranger Conway Burns explained: & # 39; When we die, we go through an initiation.
& # 39; Our spirit crosses our body and our sacred lakes to the sky. Come back to our people in these trees. It's great to be standing here, where our people were hundreds of years ago. "
"This is the best way to see these trees," said the duke, "standing, without trunks and cut."
Also present was the elderly aunt Nai Bird from Butchulla, who received the Prince of Wales in Kyria in 1994, the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszcuk, trade minister, and the regional mayor of the Fraser coast, George Seymon. .
The Duke of Sussex is photographed with indigenous dancers during a visit to Fraser Island in Queensland, or K & # 39; gari, today
The Duke of Sussex was received by the village of Butchulla, the traditional owners of the island, shortly after his arrival today.
Prince Harry was on Fraser, which is the largest sand island in the world, with 206,970 acres of protected forest
About 20 million trees are being planted throughout Australia as part of the program that Harry was raising awareness of
They left the forest to greet a group of descendants of Butchulla and, after a welcome speech in the field of the elderly Gayle Minniecon and the words of Mrs. Palaszcuk, it was Harry's turn to speak.
When he approached the microphone, a woman, Marilyn Clarke, 72, shouted: "It looks better in person!"
Laughing, the duke replied, "I'll take it as a compliment."
In his speech, the future father Harry said: & # 39; K & # 39; gari means & # 39; paradise & # 39 ;, and that's certainly what we experienced today surrounded by the towering Kauri pines, 1000-year-old satin trees and ancient giant ferns.
"It is up to us to protect this paradise together, not only because it looks beautiful, but because it is an essential part of our existence, and will continue to be for our children and the children of their children."
Harry dances with Aboriginal man Joe Gala at McKenzie Pier on Fraser Island during his Australia tour today
Harry poses for a photo with Joe Gala during his visit to Fraser Island today after the spectators were entertained.
The Prince shook hands with the dancers on a day when he discovered a plaque for the dedication of the Forest of K'ari.
The Duke of Sussex said in a speech that it was important to protect K & # 39; gari, because it is an essential part of our existence & # 39;
Your visit to the Pile Valley of the island today is part of a 16-day tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga with Meghan
The Duke of Sussex met with young people when he dedicated the Forests of K & # 39; Gari to the Canopy of the Queen of the Commonwealth today.
The Queen & # 39; s Commonwealth Canopy project was launched in recognition of His Majesty's service to the group of nations
The Duke shook hands with all the children today before heading to Lake McKenzie for more commitments
Harry also jokingly said that the plaque he had to reveal, marking the dedication, had already been revealed by his father at Bundaberg during his tour of Australia in April. He said: "Luckily, we are both experts in discovering plates, it works in the family."
Fraser is the largest sand island in the world, with 206,970 acres of protected forest.
It became a Unesco World Heritage site in 1992 and, earlier this year, the Prince of Wales announced its dedication to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.
As part of the program, some 20 million trees are now being planted throughout Australia. The Satinay trees are known for their resistance to water and were used to build the London docks in the 1930s.