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Prince Peers Over Precipice, Aussies Hold Breath

Britain's Prince William looks over the edge of a cliff at Narrow Neck Lookout in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba, Australia on April 17, 2014. PHIL NOBLE / Reuters

Prince William stood on the edge of a 300-foot cliff Thursday as he and his wife Catherine visited Australia’s Blue Mountains. The pair observed a group abseiling near the town of Katoomba.

"I think he made everyone a bit nervous. He took a step over and took a look down," said Damian Cooper, manager of the Mountain Youth Services Team, according to Australia's Daily Telegraph.

"He did not seem intimidated by the edge or the height at all. He took a bit of a lunge and a few people held their breath, gasped and readied their hands to grab him," said Cooper.

"He was fine of course, he knew what he was doing. I think his military background prepared him well for it."

Prince William and his wife Kate are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George.

— Reuters contributed to this report